Cupping is an ancient East Asian therapy in which a hemispherical cup is applied to the skin surface usually over trigger points and painful sites. The pressure within the cup is reduced (either by heat or suction) in order to draw in and hold skin. Cupping can sometimes cause a skin marking which is temporary and also diagnostic. It is used to treat localized congestion and other systemic disorders. Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the skin and muscle to be pulled. This is called gliding cupping.
At Melbourne Acupuncture, we use cupping for chronic and acute pain and other traditional uses.