Cupping Therapy

Reduce Chronic Pain

Improve Fluid Flow

Decompress Tissue

Increase Mobility

Reduce Chronic Pain

Improve Fluid Flow

Decompress Tissue

Increase Mobility

Cupping At South Pointe Physical Rehab

The origins of cupping can be traced back to Egyptian, Chinese, Bulgarian, and North African cultures dating back roughly 3,000 – 5,000 years. According to traditional beliefs, cupping provides: better energy flow, releases toxins, heals disease and eases pain. Recently, cupping has been popularized by athletes and celebrities, and is being utilized by both high level athletes as a compliment to training, and physical rehabilitation patients. 

So, what makes cupping such a popular method for people with such varying needs? 

With so many different cupping treatment methods around, it is important to distinguish how our providers use this treatment in practice. The way our providers explain cupping to our patients is that it is a form of Myofascial Decompression. When thinking about all of the different layers of tissue from the skin all the way down to the bone, these individual layers, when functioning properly, should be able to glide along one another without restriction. 

Sometimes these different layers can become “stuck” together, even forming adhesions. The sticking together of these layers of skin causes a dysfunction in mobility of the tissues, eventually causing abnormal stresses on the attachment site of the soft tissues and will cause disruption in how the body moves.

What Are Benefits Of Cupping?

When cupping is utilized correctly, the cups act on the layers of tissues and decompresses them, causing any points that are “stuck” to move freely again. This decompression of layers creates the potential for a global response through influencing the molecular properties of fluid and neurological responses. Cupping experts believe that there are three categories of effects from treatment: Mechanical, Fluid, and Neuro-chemical.

Mechanical Effects

Due to the decompressive nature of the treatment, it creates mechanical stress which improves the interlayer gliding of tissues from the skin all the way down to ligaments or organ structures. Successful pain mitigation can be achieved with movement of cups along the body, and can also be used in the absence of pain to influence mobility and movement patterns. 

Fluid Effects

When the tissue layers are decompressed and space is created between them, this has a direct effect on the fluid content in between those layers. An increase in molecules such as proteoglycans, hyaluronic acid, and glycosaminoglycans have a direct effect on the surrounding tissues ability to glide, which improves blood flow and lymph flow. This change in fluid dynamics can be beneficial for patients who due to their conditions may not be able to tolerate the pressure from traditional massage therapy techniques.

Neuro-chemical Effects

It is understood today that chronic pain causes a disruption in our proprioceptive cognition in direct relation to the area where pain symptoms are felt. Over time this results in a “blind spot” that decreases motor control and movement patterns. By using methods of touch such as cupping, your body’s sensory map is improved resulting in decreased pain and increased motor control. 

Cupping Therapy Specialists


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Dr. Megan Moon

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (CCWP)
Dr. Dean Wright Chiropractor

Dr. Dean Wright

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
Dr. Bradley Grgurich Physical Therapist

Dr. Bradley Grgurich

  • Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Sierra Weyerman Massage Therapist

Sierra Weyerman

  • Massage Therapist (MT)
Stephanie Anderson Massage Therapist

Stephanie Anderson

  • Massage Therapist (MT)

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