Physical Therapy, Sports Performance, and Wellness

Therapeutic Cupping

Therapeutic Cupping is an adaptation of an ancient technique. The purpose of this technique is to promote health and healing by loosening soft tissue and connective tissue including scars and adhesions. In addition, it is also thought to improve blood stagnation and increases lymphatic flow and circulation. This therapy can also improve functional mobility and joint performance.

This therapy utilizes silicone or plastic cups and a vacuum pistol to create suction on the body surface. These cups are moved over the skin using gliding, shaking, popping and rotating techniques while gently pulling up on the cup, or may be parked for a short time to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release. Suction reaches deep into the soft tissue and its attachments. Another benefit is to pull toxins and inflammation from the body to the surface of the skin where the lymphatic system can more readily eliminate them.


  • Limited motion
  • pain during motion
  • motor control issues
  • Muscle recruitment issues

Potential reactions to Therapeutic Cupping are temporary and may include:

  • Cup Kiss: discoloration due to toxins and localized blood being brought to the surface. These marks usually fade between 3-7 days post treatment. (see picture)
  • Localized tenderness: usually less than experienced from deep tissue work
  • Redness and Itching: increased vasodilation and/or inflammation brought to the surface
  • Decreased Blood Pressure: due to vasodilation and/or nervous system sedation

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Therapeutic Cupping | Physio Pro

Therapeutic Cupping | Physio Pro