Cupping is a practice used in traditional medicine in several parts of the world, including China and the Middle East. It involves creating suction on the skin using a glass, ceramic, bamboo, or plastic cup. Negative pressure is created in the cup either by applying a flame to the cup to remove oxygen before placing it on the skin or by attaching a suction device to the cup after it is placed on the skin.
In the Twin Cities, MN Spine and Sport takes cupping to a new level! We use silicone cups; they conform much more easily to an individual’s skin than plastic or glass. Not only does cupping bring blood and nutrients to the injured area, we also perform functional movements with them applied. This unique treatment allows for decreased muscle tightness, decreased pain, increased range of motion and increased healing time!