Rehabilitation: What Are the Benefits of Cupping?

Cupping therapy might be trendy now among celebrities and athletes, but it’s been used for rehabilitation purposes since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians mentioned the use of cupping in one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus. Cupping is also used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Today, therapists use cups made out of glass, silicone, or bamboo to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and speed up recovery by increasing blood flow to tissues. The cups also put negative pressure on the skin and muscles, which can feel very relaxing and soothing if you have sore or achy areas on your body.

As advocates of combining alternative medicine with conventional practices to speed up healing, our team at Everest Urgent Care put together a short guide on the benefits of cupping. 

Enhances blood flow and softens tense tissues 

Cupping therapy works by enlarging the capillaries, increasing blood flow and getting more nutrients to the tissues. This provides relief to overworked and tense muscles in the same way a deep massage does. Cupping also increases the elasticity of the skin in the treated area.

Reduces muscle pain 

Cupping therapy can be of help if you suffer from sore muscles and chronic joint pain because the negative pressure reduces pain and the inflammatory response. A review that looked at sixteen clinical trials found that cupping therapy can reduce pain intensity.

Speeds up the healing process 

After an injury, the area is surrounded by damaged cells and tissues. This may lead to fluid buildup and swelling, as the tissues are in need of nutrients. Cupping therapy increases blood flow to the injured area, bringing oxygen and nutrients needed for the cells to recover faster. 

Learn more about cupping therapy

Despite common belief, cupping therapy doesn’t hurt. In fact, many patients find the sensation relaxing and pleasant. The red rings that you see after a cupping session aren’t bruises but oxygenated blood brought to the surface of the skin. 

Depending on your type of injury or source of pain, our specialist may keep the cups in the same position for several minutes or they may glide them over your skin to change positions. 


If you’re searching for a drug-free way to speed up your recovery and release tension and pain from your muscles and joints, contact us with any questions you have. Or feel free to schedule an appointment at either of our offices in Upper Darby and Havertown, Pennsylvania, to discuss how cupping therapy may benefit your health.

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