Cupping Therapy Specialist

Release Integrative Medicine

Tim Eng, LAc

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine & Pain & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Schrafft Center, Charlestown, MA

Cupping therapy is a time-tested ancient practice that’s been receiving more attention in recent years. If you’re interested in trying it, Tim Eng LAc, CSMA®, offers these healing therapy treatments at Release Integrative Medicine, located in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Book a cupping appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.

Cupping Therapy Q & A

What is cupping therapy?

Cupping therapy, also called cupping, is used to rejuvenate energy pathways and promote healing. Cupping uses heated glass or plastic cups to stimulate the body’s energy pathways and draw blood to the surface.

Your provider heats the inside of a cup and places it on your skin. The air inside the cup creates a suction effect as it cools. When the cups are suctioned to your skin, the combination of the heat and vacuum draws blood and healing factors to the treatment site.

What does cupping feel like?

When your provider places a cup on your skin, you can feel the skin tug and tighten as the air inside the cup cools, sucking the skin in. You might also feel the heat from the cup, which should be hot, but not dangerously so.

People who’ve tried cupping therapy compare the sensation to placing your hand over the extension on a vacuum cleaner. Afterward, you might notice temporary red circles and experience minor discomfort where the cups were, but you should also experience a noticeable sense of relief.

Is cupping therapy right for me?

People with pain and tension often benefit from cupping alone, or in combination with massage therapy or acupuncture. Adults with anxiety and depression can find stress relief and relaxation from the therapy.

Your provider will make sure cupping therapy is safe and effective for you. Cupping isn’t appropriate for people with bleeding disorders or pregnant women. You should notify your doctor immediately if you bruise easily or have a low pain or heat tolerance.

What are the benefits of cupping therapy?

Cupping has a variety of benefits, including:

  • Improved circulation, particularly to sore or tired muscles
  • Relaxation of mind and body
  • Pain relief
  • Decreased muscle tension
  • Detoxification
  • Improved circulation of Qi, or energy

If you’d like to learn more about cupping therapy or make an appointment, contact Release Integrative Medicine online or over the phone today.