Cupping massage is an ancient form of therapy that uses specially designed cups to create a suction effect on the skin. This suction pulls the skin and underlying tissue upwards into the cup.
Massage has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of various ailments. It is said to improve circulation, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation.
This massage is becoming increasingly popular in the West as a complementary and alternative therapy. A growing body of research suggests that cupping massage may offer a number of health benefits.
To learn more about how massage can benefit your health, read on!
Cupping massage can be used to relieve pain caused by arthritis, strains or sprains, back pain and headaches. The suction created by the cups can help increase blood flow to an area which can improve muscle relaxation and reduce inflammation. It can also aid in better lymphatic drainage which is important for maintaining the overall health of your internal organs such as your heart and lungs.
Relieve Headaches and Migraines:
Studies have shown that massage can be effective at reducing migraines and improving symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light (allodynia). A study published in 2013 found that patients who underwent cupping therapy reported a significant reduction in migraine attacks compared with those who received conventional treatments such as medication or acupuncture without cupping therapy.
Help with Digestion:
Cupping can help with digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea, indigestion and bloating. The suction created by cupping increases blood flow to your digestive organs, which stimulates them to work more effectively. This improved circulation helps break down food so nutrients can be absorbed more easily by your body. It also helps transport waste out of your digestive tract so you feel less bloated after eating.
Reduce Inflammation and Swelling:
Swelling is caused by fluid accumulation in the tissues beneath your skin’s surface. This can be due to injury, infection or inflammation — any condition that causes irritation or increased blood flow to an area of your body. Some people experience swelling after exercising or having sex because these activities are known triggers for blood vessel dilation and increased blood flow. In some cases, swelling can be dangerous if it affects your lungs or brain both organs require an unobstructed flow of oxygen-rich blood if they’re going to function properly.
The suction created by massage can help improve your skin’s appearance by increasing blood flow to the area being treated. The increased blood flow helps promote healing, which leads to more elastic skin with fewer wrinkles and blemishes. In addition, cupping helps loosen muscle tightness that can lead to cellulite in some people by improving circulation and lymph flow around problem areas.
Increase Blood Flow:
One study found that massage can increase blood flow by as much as 70%. The researchers concluded that “acupuncture points are more easily detectable and more easily stimulated by needling after application of wet cupping therapy” (1). In other words, cupping massage may increase circulation around specific areas of your body — especially where acupuncture points are located — making them more accessible for treatment with needles or other modalities such as electric stimulation or laser therapy.
May boost immunity:
A recent study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that a group of people who received cupping therapy experienced significant improvements in their immune function. The researchers concluded that cupping may help fight off infections by stimulating immune cells called lymphocytes.
In ancient times, massage was used as a method of medicinal treatment. Modern practitioners have rediscovered this practice and have found several benefits. Just like acupuncture, cupping massage has been used to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, including the common cold and blood circulation problems. Cupping is also being studied for its effect on the musculoskeletal system.