What is Therapeutic Cupping?

Published: Friday, February 12, 2021

by: Jacob Kelly, Physical Therapist | The Rehabilitation Institute of NGMC

While cupping has been around in one form or another for over 1,500 years, it is steadily becoming more mainstream in modern medicine. There are different, specific techniques and styles, but in general, therapeutic cupping uses suction in order to cause changes in the tissues in your body.

Based on the size of the cup, the location, how long it’s in place, and whether the cup stays in place or gets moved around, our clinicians can use this method to produce multiple benefits. Some of those benefits include increasing blood flow to the area, relaxing tight muscles, and improving the appearance and mobility of scars – all of which will help to decrease pain. 

What to expect at a Therapeutic Cupping appointment: 

  1. We will place a gel or ointment on the affected area to assist in moving the cups. 
  2. The silicone cups are then placed on the affected area. 
  3. Suction is created by the clinician by gently compressing the cups and then releasing them. 
  4. The cups remain in the area for 5-15 minutes, depending on the situation. 
  5. Cups are removed after suction is released and then the area is wiped down 

So, who is therapeutic cupping most beneficial for? Almost everyone! Whether it’s tightness in your neck, lower back, shoulders, or knees, or if you have recently had orthopedic surgery, therapeutic cupping could help you on your way to getting your life back. 

Learn more

At the Rehabilitation Institute, we offer therapeutic cupping at each of our seven locations. If you’re interested in scheduling a visit to see if it’s right for you, give us a call at 770-219-8200.