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Cupping: Ancient Practice, Modern Benefits

Have you ever seen athletes with those circular red marks on their backs? That’s cupping therapy, an ancient healing modality experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Here at Healing with Zen in Pasadena, we utilize cupping therapy alongside other techniques to help patients achieve optimal health and well-being.

Cupping involves placing special glass, silicone, or bamboo cups on the skin. A vacuum is then created inside the cup, drawing the underlying tissue slightly upwards. This suction promotes blood flow to the area, potentially relieving pain, stiffness, and promoting healing.

Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy offers a range of potential benefits, making it a valuable tool for various health concerns. Here’s a closer look at some of the key advantages:

  • Muscle Recovery and Pain Relief: Studies like this one published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggest cupping can be effective in reducing pain associated with chronic low back pain, neck pain, and even knee osteoarthritis. Athletes often utilize cupping to enhance recovery after intense workouts by improving blood flow and potentially reducing muscle soreness.

  • Reduced Inflammation: Research suggests cupping can help reduce inflammation. A 2016 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that cupping, when combined with other therapies, may be effective in managing chronic low back pain, potentially due to its anti-inflammatory effects.

  • Improved Circulation and Detoxification: The suction created by the cups is believed to promote blood flow to the treated area. This increased circulation may help remove waste products and improve overall detoxification.

  • Fascia Release: Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds muscles, organs, and other structures in the body. Some practitioners believe cupping can help release restrictions in the fascia, potentially improving flexibility and range of motion.

Benefits of Cupping?

Is Cupping Therapy Right for You?

Cupping therapy is generally safe for most healthy adults. However, it is not recommended for people with bleeding disorders, or those with open wounds or skin conditions.

It’s always best to consult with your healthcare provider before trying any new therapy, including cupping

Ready to Experience the Benefits of Cupping?


Here at Healing with Zen in Pasadena, we offer cupping therapy as part of our comprehensive treatment plans. We believe in a holistic approach to healthcare, and cupping can be a powerful tool for promoting pain relief, improving circulation, and enhancing overall well-being.


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