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Cupping Therapy
in scottsdale, AZ

Traditional Chinese medicine meets modern science physiotherapy. Cupping therapy is an effective, fast, and affordable way to alleviate chronic pain, tight muscles, and to destress from life. Whether you’re looking to reduce pain, relax your muscles, or heal, we have a wide variety of personalized cupping therapy treatment plans just for you. No matter what your goals are, you’ll be able to talk to one of our consultants here in Scottsdale, AZ, to figure out the best plan for you.


Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which rounded cups are placed purposefully on one’s back and suction is induced to stimulate the flow of blood beneath the skin. These cups are first applied to tight muscles allowing them to develop. Over the next few minutes, the cups begin to do their work leaving varying degrees of bruises. The darker the color of the bruise means the more difficulty that area has with circulation. Next, the cups are removed and then one cup is lightly passed across the back like a massage to untether knots of fascia. As therapies are received every 2-4 weeks, the areas become better equipped with blood flow and less knots or restrictions are noted.

Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Common Issues That Cupping Therapy Help With

Cupping Therapy benefits help pain relief and more! Perhaps you saw Michael Phelps in the 2016 Summer Olympics with these mysterious circular bruises on him? Why would someone intentionally get bruises or “hickeys” from cupping? Is it safe and what are the cupping therapy benefits? Cupping aka decompression myofascial release is not a new fad or trend in pain management at all. Along with acupuncture and herbal medicine, it is an ancient therapy in traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for over 5,000 years! Below are some common issues that cupping and acupuncture at our Scottsdale office can help with.

Frequently Asked Questions

By creating a vacuum inside the cup, the skin, muscles, connective tissue, and circulation underneath are put under a bit of stress. This results in a change to the tissue anywhere ranging from pink to red, or even purple.
Cupping Therapy offers both diagnostic as well as therapeutic benefits. Seeing the exact spots that bruise during the cupping treatment allows you and the doctor to determine a better treatment plan in managing and resolving your pain and tension. A dark purple cupping bruise – very poor circulation and weak capillaries tighten muscles and grow fascial adhesions or “scar tissue” that keep an area sick and full of cell waste metabolites aka “toxins.”A dark red cupping bruise – inflammation and active muscle strain, fragile capillaries.A pink spot – little to no impairment in circulation and healthy muscle tissue below.
Every client has different needs. Before your first session, we’ll have an evaluation to discover what you’re looking for in your treatment and work with you to prepare an effective schedule. Typically, the average person starting out has cupping every other week. After a few sessions, monthly visits are the preferred frequency and part of a monthly maintenance of health.
Cupping reduces pain and discomfort in the treatment areas by improving blood flow, reducing stagnation, and releasing growth factors to stimulate healing.
The immediate pain relief can last for days. The spots or bruises on the skin can feel tender where the cups were placed and usually take 7 to 10 days to return to your normal skin color. Good hydration is key after this treatment to assist in healthy circulation. Avoid direct sunlight to the treatment areas to prevent discoloration.
Cupping can alleviate a wide number of issues. It can help reduce tension, stiffness or tightness, particularly in the neck and upper/lower back. It promotes endorphin release and relaxation, which in turn will improve your mood. It can also alleviate chronic pains, and provide relief from the symptoms of anxiety.
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