Cupping Therapy

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Cupping Therapy Works Faster and Goes Deeper

Cupping therapy is an amazing method to experience the benefits of bodywork. It alleviates muscle pain faster, strengthens the lungs, and reaches the deep tissue layers under the skin.

In Chinese medicine, cupping therapy can be traced back to the Eastern Jin Dynasty (283-343 AD). Today, it’s used for respiratory and musculoskeletal conditions. It’s an excellent addition to your acupuncture treatment. Discover the benefits of cupping and how it can improve your life.

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Cupping Benefits

There are many cupping therapy benefits. Right away you can feel pain relief and alleviate muscle tension. It also treats the common cold, seasonal allergies, and asthmatic conditions.  It’s one of the many modalities of East Asian Medicine.

  • Relieves pain
  • Alleviates muscle tension
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Strengthens the lungs and improves breathing
  • Boosts the immune system
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Cupping Treatments We Offer

We offer a variety of cupping treatments and other forms of traditional East Asian Medicine. Whether you add cupping to your acupuncture treatment or get cupping therapy with tuina massage, you’ll feel the value of this specialty. Cupping is safe, effective, and natural. Discover the benefits for yourself!

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Cupping Therapy

We only provide dry cupping and it’s often an add-on therapy to your acupuncture treatment.  Cupping is primarily used for pain relief and to boost the immune system. Cupping pulls the skin, fascia, and muscles up into the cups, which promotes circulation, releases tension, and strengthens your lungs. 

You can expect oil to be applied to the skin before the cups are placed. Then the cups are manually suctioned and left stationary for 10-20 minutes. Your practitioner will likely leave and come back in to reposition the cups to another area. While it doesn’t hurt, you will feel pressure.

Acupuncture and Cupping

Acupuncture and cupping therapy combined is a great way to alleviate pain, improve circulation, and promote overall well being. Cupping therapy is done first and then, during or after cupping, acupuncture needles are inserted for a full body treatment. Combined together, they complement each other and increase the other’s effect. By doing so, it speeds up your body’s natural ability to heal and strengthens your immune system.

Acupuncture and cupping combined, more than half of the ills can be cured.
— Ge Hong, Famous Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Jin Dynasty (b.283—d.364)

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Tuina Massage and Cupping

Tuina massage and cupping therapy are two modalities that can be combined together for back-to-back treatments. In this combination, cupping is performed first and then tuina massage, which is a type of acupressure bodywork. If you’re needle averse, you can still receive the benefits of bodywork with tuina massage and cupping.

The benefits of tuina massage are that it’s relaxing and energizing. It not only treats musculoskeletal conditions, but it also reduces stress and promotes deep relaxation. Be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing so that you can move freely in treatment.

What We Treat

We use cupping to treat a number of respiratory and musculoskeletal conditions. If you’re feeling under the weather or have neck pain from being in front of a computer screen too long, then cupping can make you feel better. It’s an excellent add-on to your acupuncture treatment.

Conditions We Treat Using Cupping

There are a number of conditions that cupping treats effectively by improving blood and lymph circulation. Here are the most frequent health concerns that show up at our office:

Cupping is Not for Everyone

While cupping can be a beneficial practice, it’s not appropriate for everyone. For example, if you’re on blood thinners or are pregnant, then this is not for you. Discuss with your practitioner any questions or concerns that you may have.

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Cup Your Pain Away

Cupping therapy is one way we can relieve your pain immediately and naturally. It’s often combined with acupuncture to reduce recovery time. If you’re feeling compromised, this is a great way to alleviate pain, get better sleep, and strengthen your immune system. Feel the results and get your life back!

We’re in-network with Aetna and BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS)/CareFirst. You can also use your FSA or HSA card. Ready to take the next step? Check your insurance benefits and then go to our online scheduling page to make your first appointment.

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Nicole McLaughlin Acupuncture

Nicole McLaughlin Acupuncture
Nicole McLaughlin Acupuncture
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