Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment that eases pain, relaxes muscles, and promotes natural healing. FIX Medical Group could recommend cupping alone or as a complementary therapy combined with other treatments that improve your health and fitness. Call the nearest FIX Medical Group office in San Diego, California today or connect through online booking to explore the benefits of cupping.




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What is cupping?

Cupping is a healing therapy performed using a globe-shaped cup. Your FIX Medical Group provider places the open side of the cup against your skin, then creates a vacuum inside the cup.

The traditional technique for creating a vacuum involves heating the inside of the cup before placing it on your skin. As the air cools, it creates a vacuum. Many cups today have a built-in pump that takes the air out of the cup.

Your provider uses cups of various sizes. They choose the size to fit the body area or produce different levels of suction.

How does cupping work?

The pressure created by the vacuum gently pulls your skin and underlying tissues into the cup, increasing circulation in those tissues. Increasing the blood flow means the tissues get more oxygen and nutrients while toxins and cellular waste are removed. Cupping relaxes muscles, reduces inflammation, eases pain, and promotes tissue healing.

What conditions benefit from cupping?

Your FIX Medical Group provider could recommend cupping as part of your comprehensive treatment for conditions like:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Musculoskeletal pain

You can also use cupping to support muscle recovery after athletic activities.

Are there different cupping methods?

The traditional method, dry cupping, involves:

  • Placing the cup on your skin (often on acupuncture points)
  • Creating suction
  • Leaving the cup in place for a short time

Cupping can also be used as a massage. Your provider rubs oil on your skin before applying the cup. Then they glide the cup over your skin while retaining suction, creating a relaxing massage.

Another technique, wet cupping, draws blood out of your body. Your provider first makes a tiny cut in your skin and then places the cup over the cut. Wet cupping might help draw more toxins out of your bloodstream.

Does cupping cause side effects?

Cupping is safe, especially when performed by the FIX Medical Group healthcare professionals. If you have wet cupping done by someone who isn’t qualified, you’re at risk of developing an infection through the cut.

Some people experience minor discomfort during cupping. Otherwise, the only side effect is round bruising where the cups were placed.

Call FIX Medical Group today or request an appointment online to learn if cupping can improve your pain.