Cupping therapy has been practiced around the world for over 3500 years starting in Egypt and spreading to all corners of the globe. In recent years, it’s gained a considerable popular following due to the number of Olympic-level athletes that use cupping therapy for their own physical and mental well-being. But does cupping therapy work? How long do those cupping marks last? In this helpful guide, IMPACT Physical Therapy and Sports Recovery will go over what you can expect before and after cupping therapy, aftercare techniques, and the benefits you can expect. And if you have any questions, you can reach out to our physical therapy team.
Cupping has a long history of use to treat a number of conditions. For example, the Chinese people have used cupping therapy for centuries to help stimulate the flow of bodily energy and stagnant blood in an effort to prevent and treat health issues. Alongside modern medicine, cupping therapy is still used to help a number of conditions. When someone asks us if cupping therapy works, we can point to the following conditions for which cupping can be used to treat or help alleviate:
And you don’t have to worry about how long those cupping marks last either, as the bruises left by the vacuum created by the process can last between a few hours or will fade within a week or two.
The following are some things you should consider doing before your cupping therapy session, as they can help remove any discomfort you might experience:
Before and after cupping therapy, it’s important that you take care of yourself and your now sensitive skin. These tips can also help reduce how long cupping marks last.
In addition to the aforementioned tips, for the 4-6 hours following your cupping therapy session, you’ll want to avoid the following:
IMPACT Physical Therapy & Sports Recovery has therapy locations throughout the Chicagoland area, designed to make it easier than ever for you to get the proper help you need when it comes to physical therapy. We can help with sports recovery services, chronic pain, post-op rehab, and so much more. Request an appointment today, and let us start getting you back on the path to recovery.