Cupping is the use of silicone, plastic, and/or rubber cups to create suction pressure against soft tissue. Cups create a suction that gently pulls against the skin, helping to promote blood flow in that area. This has the following benefits:
- Decompresses tissues
- Promotes healing
- Stimulates the neuromuscular system
After initial placement, cups are either left on the area for a few minutes, or continuously moved around the area. The exact technique will be determined and explained by your physical therapist at the time of your appointment. The overall treatment only lasts a few minutes.
Does insurance cover cupping therapy?
Most insurance does not cover cupping. If it is not covered by your insurance, you will be asked to sign a form stating that you still want the treatment and understand you will pay for the service out of pocket. Our scheduling and billing specialists are available at each location to discuss costs for this treatment.
Is cupping painful?
Often cupping is not painful, but this varies person to person, along with how sensitive an area may be due to pain or other existing conditions. You can expect to feel a suctioning pressure on the tissue during treatment.
Is cupping safe?
There are no significant risks with cupping treatment. Your therapist will determine if this treatment is right for you.
What can be treated using cupping therapy?
Cupping can used for a variety of conditions including, but not limited to:
- Shoulder, neck, hip, and leg pain
- Muscle strains
- ITB Syndrome
What can I expect after a cupping treatment?
There will likely be bruising that will occur due to the increased blood flow in the region. This can last anywhere from a few hours to several days, depending upon the individual.