Fire Cupping
Published on May 13, 2014
by Dr. Caitlin Gordon

Fire Cupping

Published on May 13, 2014 by Dr. Caitlin Gordon

Fire Cupping is a traditional Asian medical technique. Cupping works to alleviate pain and tightness, improve range of motion, and aids in detoxification.

Glass cups and a flame or silicone cups and pump are used to create suction on the skin. This increases blood flow and manually breaks up fascial (connective tissue) adhesions.

By creating more space between muscle, fascia, and bone, we improve range of motion and reduce pain and discomfort. Old stagnant blood is flushed out of the tissue and fresh new blood infuses the area to promote faster recovery and healing.

Cupping feels a bit like a massage and most people find it very relaxing. The glass cups become warm which stimulates circulation in the channels and warms the muscles.

The cups often leave purple or red marks that can indicate areas of poor circulation and blood stagnation. These marks will fade within 1-5 days. Areas that take longer to fade indicate less blood flow to those tissues. Cupping marks may be slightly tender for 24 hours but are not painful.

Fire cupping is used primarily for muscular tightness and pain, circulatory dysfunction, stress, and treatment of colds or respiratory symptoms.

Are you experiencing any of the following?

  • Low back tightness/pain
  • Upper tightness/pain
  • Shoulder tightness/pain
  • Neck tightness/pain
  • IT band tightness/pain
  • Asthma
  • Chest Tightness
  • Coughing
  • Cold or Flu
  • Headaches
  • Bells Palsy
  • Tight Diaphragm
  • Abdominal Pain/Cramps
  • Mercury Detox
  • Seasonal cleanse or detox
  • IBS
  • Sciatica
  • Cold Hands and Feet
  • Paralysis

Schedule a Fire Cupping Session at our Boulder Clinic Today! 

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