AIIM is happy to introduce a new modality for patients… cupping! Cupping is a type of manual therapy that originated in China and is used today for many purposes. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction, which may facilitate healing with blood flow. The cup is either first heated with fire or manually pumped to create a suction. The cups are then left on your skin for several minutes.
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.
For most patients, cupping is safe to try and could complement an existing treatment plan. It can help move “qi,” which is the life force in the body in Chinese medical terms. The primary side effects of cupping are bruising and skin irritation. Both should heal on their own in 7-10 days.
There is also a small risk of infection.
Cupping can be used to alleviate muscle pain, chronic cough, acne, digestive issues and much more! It should not be used with children under the age of 4, seniors, pregnant women and women who are menstruating. Also, it is not done when patients have sunburn, wounds, skin ulcerations, trauma or internal organ dysfunction/bleeding.
Pricing is $50 for a 30-minute session, or a package of 10 for $450, book today!