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What is Cupping Therapy?

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Have you ever wondered what cupping therapy is and if it might be right for you?

Cupping therapy is an ancient therapeutic practice that involves placing plastic or glass cups onto the skin to create a vacuum. The suction draws the skin and superficial muscle layer into the cup, promoting many benefits as listed below.

There are two techniques that can be employed for Cupping Therapy; either stationary cupping, where the cups are left in the same spot for several minutes, or dynamic cupping, where the cups are glided along the skin surface in a massage-like motion.

Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Pain relief 

Cupping therapy can assist in alleviating pain by reducing muscle tension and promoting relaxation. It is often used to treat conditions like back, neck and muscle pain. 

Improved Circulation

Healthy circulation is vital for optimal health, as it ensures oxygen and nutrients reach all parts of the body. The gentle suction of the cup encourages blood flow to the affected area, which can assist in reducing inflammation and promote healing. 


By drawing ‘impurities’ or toxins to the surface of the skin, cupping is believed to support the body’s natural detoxification process. 

Stress Reduction

Dry cupping therapy offers a tranquil reprieve, promoting relaxation and assists in reducing stress levels. The soothing sensation of the cups on the skin can induce a state of calmness, allowing individuals to unwind. 

Enhanced Sports Performance

Many athletes often use cupping therapy to help with recovery, reduce muscle fatigue and improve flexibility. 

What conditions may benefit from cupping therapy? 

  • Muscular soreness 

  • Low back pain 

  • Neck pain 

  • Chronic pain syndromes 

  • Arthritis, although arthritis can not be cured, cupping is seen to assist symptoms accompanied with arthritis such as muscle soreness and stiffness. 

However, it is important to note that cupping therapy can be used to promote optimal health in both healthy and injured patients.

Should I get cupping therapy? 

Whether you may be seeking relief from pain, relaxation or a holistic approach to wellness, dry cupping therapy offers a compelling avenue for exploration. 

If you're curious about cupping therapy and its potential benefits, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with an experienced osteopath. They can assess your needs and create a personalised treatment plan that may include cupping alongside a range of osteopathic techniques to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

Cupping Therapy at Integrated Sports and Spinal Clinic

Osteopath Georgia Hutchinson is able to provide cupping therapy at your osteopathic appointment. If you are interested in exploring if cupping might be worth incorporating into your session, you can discuss this with Georgia at the beginning of your appointment. From there, Georgia can recommend if cupping is right for you or not. You can book an appointment with Georgia below, or give us a call on 0425 876 929 to discuss.


Cupping Therapy reference 

The medical perspective of cupping therapy: Effects and mechanisms of action

Cupping Therapy 


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