Cupping Therapy

An ancient form of alternative medicine, cupping therapy offers our Louisville and Lexington, KY-area patients relief from a range of conditions, including muscle tension, back pain, stress, anxiety, chronic pain, plantar fasciitis, and repetitive motion injuries. The non-invasive day spa treatment involves attaching inverted cups to certain parts of the body using a vacuum effect, increasing blood flow to the area.

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How Cupping Therapy Works

Think of cupping therapy as a deep tissue massage in reverse. Instead of a massage therapist kneading muscles, cups lift tissue. This negative pressure draws blood to the skin's surface, bringing nutrients to muscles while also removing toxins from the area. The cups usually remain attached for 5 to 30 minutes.

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Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Cupping can provide both physical and cosmetic benefits. By increasing blood circulation to isolated treatment areas, cupping benefits include:

  • Pain relief
  • Increased range of motion
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Improved complexion
  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Easing headaches
  • Stress relief
  • Faster healing

Today cupping is well-known to help athletes' muscles recover following intense workouts.

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Aesthetic Uses

By improving blood circulation, cupping therapy can improve the appearance of the skin. That's because the suction has the effect of promoting the rejuvenation of the layer of collagen and elastin under the skin. When this layer produces more cells and plumps up, the skin also looks and feels better. Other skin conditions such as herpes, eczema, cellulite, and acne scars can be treated with cupping.

Cupping Side Effects

The non-invasive nature of cupping means there's no significant recovery time, but some patients do experience mild side effects. These can include nausea or sweating. The negative pressure associated with cupping can create circular discoloration and may irritate the skin.

To learn more about cupping therapy, request a spa consultation online or call our Louisville location at (502) 814-3000 or our Lexington location at (859) 269-2256 today.

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