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Cupping Therapy: Not Only for Muscle Pain

By Anna Totzke, Registered Acupuncturist

Cupping is a technique used in Chinese Medicine to stimulate acu-points or larger areas of the body.  Glass or plastic cups are placed on specific areas. Through suction, the skin is gently pulled into the cups.  Cupping improves the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body. 

In clinic, the most common reason people come to me for a cupping treatment is for back, hip, neck, and shoulder pain and stiffness. Beyond muscle pain and stiffness, there are many other wonderful ways cupping is a helpful treatment:

Facial Rejuvenation Cupping:

Small, glass cups are used with very gentle suction. No red marks are left on the face. This is a gentle and relaxing treatment.This treatment helps:

-stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to encourage firmer skin
-circulate blood to the face to help with dry skin and improve the complexion
-decrease facial puffiness and sinus drainage
-relieve headaches

Whole Body Lymphatic Drainage:

This is a very gentle treatment that aids in lymphatic drainage and circulation.

-helps with detoxification
-helps regulate and release excess fluids in the body 

Colds/Bronchial Conditions:

Cups are placed over the lung area on the back. This treatment can help:

-chronic and acute asthma
-bronchial infections
-move out a cold/congestion


-can help increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
-helps decrease stress

If you have any questions about cupping or acupuncture treatments, please feel free to contact Anna Totzke, Registered Acupuncturist.

564-572 Weber Street North, Unit 3A
Waterloo, Ontario