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What is cupping Therapy and Can It Help You?

Cupping therapy has long been used in Traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, since 1550 BC.,  but it has gained popularity in recent years, particularly among the athletic population.  We have all seen athletes with the red circles on their back, arms or legs and wondered what was the benefit?

Cupping therapy is form of alternative medicine that has roots in China.  It is a superficial technique that utilizes plastic or glass cups to create a vacuum of pressure to lift the skin and fascia away from the muscle. This draws blood to the affected area and is thought to reduce soreness, and increase healing of chronic, overworked muscles.  The suction effect of Cupping Therapy dilates and ruptures capillaries just beneath the skin, which causes the dark-colored circular spots that last for a few days.


Therefore, if you are dealing with any of the above ailments, cupping therapy may be a treatment to try as an adjunct therapy.


  • neck pain
  • low back pain
  • knee osteoarthritis
  • shoulder pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • plantar fasciitis
  • controlling inflammation


When used appropriately by a trained professional, cupping therapy is a safe treatment technique with few side effects. The main side effect being the the recognizable circular bruises.

It is important to note that cupping therapy does not replace or is superior to other treatment techniques. However, it is a treatment that many physical therapists may use in conjunction with other manual therapies and exercise to provide a comprehensive approach to your care.

If you are interested in finding out more about cupping therapy  you can request an appointment for Paspa Physical Therapy.


Contact: 212-967-5337


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