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Cupping Therapy can be billed under Massage Therapy or Acupuncture – this will depend on which therapist you see!

Cupping Therapy Scarborough Fire Cupping

How does cupping therapy work?

The cups can be made of glass, plastic or silicone. A vacuum is created in the cups, then placed on your body, where the skin, fascia, and connective tissue are drawn into the cup. This suction draws blood flow to the area while creating space between all the layers of your body. A Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist or Practitioner is also trained to in cupping therapy according to the medical system to help regulate and balance the body.

When the skin and tissue are drawn upwards, there is a physical space that is created between skin, fascia, and muscle. Think about when you are trying to undo a bad knot – the more you just yank at it – the worse it gets. If you take the time to pull apart the knotted area and open it up, you can then finally untie it. This is the same thing with cupping, we are pulling and opening up already tense and knotted muscle to release it.

What does it do?

Unrestricted and proper circulation is essential for any healing process to occur in our bodies. By forcing blood to an area, we promote blood flow and stimulate a beneficial healing immune response. Fresh blood brings more oxygen to the local area, and as our bodies clear away the marks, it will naturally clear up all the accumulated toxins and stagnated blood in the surrounding tissue.

What are the marks you get with cupping therapy?

Cupping marks are NOT bruises. Bruising is caused by trauma to the body which results in the damage and rupture of blood vessels. The marks are a result of the pool of red blood cells that are drawn out of capillaries. They are not sore, do not turn a purple/green/yellow color, and disappear within 2-10 days. Yes – cupping can CAUSE bruising when done without care and proper training. That’s why it’s so important to always make sure your therapist has proper cupping therapy training! Marks appear differently on every body; some darker and more purple, some lighter and paler. Not one is better than the other, they just indicate different things (e.g. different circulation).

What is Cupping Therapy Good For?

  • Upper back and neck tension
  • Low back pain
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Breaking up scar tissue
  • Tendonitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Decreasing inflammation

What to expect during your appointment?

Light cupping
● Should feel very gentle and comfortable.
● No marks, or very slight redness after which should disappear after a day or two.
● Beneficial for: lymphatic drainage, stress relief, edema, acute injury/sprain, children and elderly, blood.

Medium cupping
● More tension in the cups, comfortable, slight tenderness over trigger points and tight areas.
● Very light to medium marking.
● Beneficial for: muscle tension, injury repair, improve muscle recovery, increasing range of motion, fascial release, cough/colds/flu, lung congestion, scar tissue.
● Most commonly used

Strong cupping
● Lots of tension in the cups, feeling of tightness and tenderness over trigger points and restricted fascia
● Medium to dark marking
● Beneficial for: major fascial adhesions and restrictions, very robust/strong body types
● Sports therapy
● Not for everybody

Cupping is a wonderful therapy that can be incorporated into many modalities including massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractics and of course acupuncture! It’s not something to be afraid of when done by a trained professional. Cupping therapy has been a practice that has been around for thousands of years and passed on in families from generation to generation – now we bring the art and the science together to really harness the healing powers of our own bodies.

How Can Cupping Therapy Help Me?

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Combining cupping therapy with massage

Cupping Therapy in addition to soft tissue work is a perfect blend to ease some tension in those annoying tigh muscles. 

Put yourself first for a change and give that body some much needed recovery time. Goals don’t get accomplished as efficiently as they can if you aren’t at your best!

This form of therapy involves warming and placing cups, usually made of plastic or glass, on the skin. By warming the air within the cup, a vacuum is created, and when it is applied to the skin, the tissue is drawn up into the cup. 

This increases the blood flow, loosens the fascia/connective tissue, decreases muscle tension, improves muscle fiber repair and promotes healing. 

Common Cupping Therapy Questions Answered

Here are a few cupping FAQs:
🔹️Improves blood flow and relieves muscle tension
🔹️Can be used for back/neck pain, migraines, and knee arthritis
🔹️Improves immune function
🔹️No it doesn’t hurt
🔹️Yes it’s extremely relaxing
🔹️Yes it’s great for sore muscles
🔹️The spots fade within a week

Abigail LopezAbigail Lopez
20:28 30 Mar 22
Had an amazing massage experience with Emma! I prefer heavy pressure for my massages, I get deep tissue and Emma did not disappoint! She was able to hit all the necessary spots to relieve tension in my body. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Wayne HalungaWayne Halunga
04:26 21 Feb 22
Dr.Lim(b) - pun intended- is amazing.She’s incredibly patient and you get a real sense that she not only cares about you as a patient, but also you as a person.After every session I feel encouraged and excited to for what exercises and goals that she sets for me to help myself!I’ve finally found a chiropractor that actually does their job diligently and is caring.
Joyce BondocJoyce Bondoc
02:18 28 Jan 22
Staff are so welcoming and friendly. An easygoing environment that is clean and well maintained. Received FST with Rex and was not disappointed. He always makes sure that I am comfortable and is super attentive during every appointment I've been to. I'm feeling stronger, flexible and now able to do more and get more out of my workouts.
Krunali DaveKrunali Dave
23:25 07 Jan 22
Axis is the place to go! Be it for Teens, Young Adults, Adults, All Age Range! My family has had great experience with the multiple services they offer. I have been going to Axis for over a year, and can say that the staff is amazing; friendly, helpful, supportive, professional and understanding! A great environment to get treated!
Helen LHelen L
02:24 04 Dec 21
I found Axis by searching top rated clinic of this kind and I am so glad that I tried it. With so many good reviews, I am sure that they are all wonderful professionals, and I started with Dr. Edward and wow, he was amazing! I didn't feel the need to ask a lot of questions as I could feel that I was in good hands. Dr. Edward is an awesome chiropractor, he knows what he does, truly professional. Front desk staff is very friendly and pleasant. And of course, the clinic is very clean. Great experience!
Kirstianne RamosKirstianne Ramos
05:59 01 Dec 21
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Mehreen BasitMehreen Basit
19:24 06 Nov 21
I love this place. It’s my Go To. Dr. Ed is wonderful and so is the rest of the team. I’ve been doing accupuncture on my ankle due to swelling and Dr. Ed is simply amazing. He’s so nice and welcoming, and very educated. He makes you feel very comfortable. The entire staff is awesome as well. They answer any questions in regards to insurance which is really helpful.Thank you guys for everything ☺️

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Axis Therapy & Performance – Physiotherapy, Chiropractor, RMT Scarborough
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Scarborough, ON M1B 2W1

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