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Cupping therapy is a medical treatment that can be traced back to around AD 300-400 in China. Ancient records of cupping practice have also been found in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East. Today, cupping is still a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
As the name implies, cupping involves the attachment of different-sized cups to the body. Once placed on the skin, a hand-held air pump extracts the air from the cup. The resulting suction pulls stagnant blood to the surface of the skin thus improving blood circulation in the tissues. An isolated area can experience deep pain relief and stretching using this method. The improved blood circulation speeds up the healing process, reduces pain and eases muscle soreness. The suction produces the now famous bruise-like marks which generally disappear within a few days. Famous Olympians, such as Michael Phelps, have brought a lot of attention to cupping. Medical cupping may be used during physical therapy if your therapist and you agree to trial this intervention. Vacuum cupping is typically used by Dr. Nancy Beliveau during physical therapy, and traditional Chinese medicine methods such a fire-cupping, can be used during acupuncture treatments with Dr. Adam Dombrowski.
Benefits of Cupping
Meet Our Cupping Therapy Team
Dr. Nancy performs decompression therapy with vacuum and silicon cups. She became certified in Modern Cupping Therapy at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City.
Dr. Adam performs traditional Chinese medicine cupping with flame and glass cups. He became certified in cupping at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.