Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapy offered at WellPath Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Cary, NC. It’s often considered the “inverse” of massage. Rather than downward pressure, a vacuum is created in a glass cup (or traditionally a bamboo cup) to draw the skin upward. This treatment can help increase circulation and warmth, and relieve pain. A variation of this modality called sliding cupping involves oiling the skin, and running the cups up and down stretches of muscle, typically on either side of the spine on the back.
Cupping is usually utilized as a treatment method to address a patient’s acute or chronic pain, and feels very relaxing.