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Cupping Therapy in Lower Highlands, Denver

An ancient form of therapy an acupuncturist may use during the course of treatment is called cupping. Refuge Acupuncture may use cupping to treat conditions that are resistant to other therapies, as it is a potent toxin remover. While traditional massage uses compression to relieve tension and stimulate the nervous system, cupping uses negative pressure.

Cupping therapy may be thousands of years old, but there are many different forms of cupping still practiced today. You may hear about flash cupping, needle cupping, medicinal cupping, wet cupping, dry cupping, or moving cupping. While there are a variety of techniques, all of them employ negative pressure for therapeutic benefits.

In cupping, cups are placed on acupuncture points on the back. Negative pressure builds up in the cups and draws the skin and tissues up and away from the body. The cups are typically left in place for several minutes before removal.

Refuge Acupuncture offers acupuncture services with cupping in Denver Highlands for our patients who have conditions that may benefit from this therapy.

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The Surprising Benefits of Cupping

Why use this seemingly strange form of therapy? The pulling action of cupping activates the parasympathetic nervous system and results in deep relaxation throughout the body. One cupping session has been compared to three deep tissue massages, and patients describe feeling effects that last days instead of hours. Reported results of cupping include:

  • Loosening dense tissue, including scar tissue
  • Assisting the body’s detoxification processes
  • Relaxing tight muscles and connective tissues
  • Re-energizing stagnant qi
  • Reduction in pain and inflammation
  • Bringing proper blood flow to skin and muscles
  • Restoring mobility to stiff joints
  • A sense of relaxation and peace
  • Improved functioning of sweat and sebaceous glands

Cupping can also be used for cosmetic purposes including reducing cellulite and stretch marks and to promote clearer skin. This makes cupping a potential companion treatment for facial acupuncture.

Due to the relaxation, detoxification, muscle and joint function enhancement, and reduction in inflammation experienced by recipients of cupping, this therapy is popular among elite athletes. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, action star and former WWE wrestler, recently showed off his cupping marks on social media. The Rock says he opted for cupping to keep his body balanced and optimal through all of his physical training.

However, you need not be an elite athlete to benefit from cupping. Acupuncturists at Refuge Acupuncture may recommend cupping for a variety of physical complaints.

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A refuge practitioner placing a glass cup on the back of a patient.

Denver Acupuncture and Cupping: Your Wellness Guides

If you’re in search of a licensed acupuncturist who also offers cupping therapy, Refuge Acupuncture is ready to serve you. Our licensed professionals bring decades of experience to your treatment and can advise you if your condition(s) may benefit from cupping. At Refuge, additional services performed by your acupuncturist including cupping are offered as a part of your acupuncture session; there is no extra appointment or additional charge.

Those considering cupping in Denver at Refuge should be aware that certain conditions are contraindicated for cupping therapy. If you have kidney disease, dermatitis, hemophilia, leukemia, or certain other conditions you should avoid cupping. Be sure to discuss any and all health conditions with your acupuncturist prior to treatment.

Starting Acupuncture with Cupping Therapy

At Refuge, we include any recommended supplemental acupuncture treatments including cupping, Gua Sha, and moxibustion with your acupuncture session. Patients seeking cupping therapy should discuss it with their acupuncturist to see if this treatment is right for them. We will only perform cupping if your specific situation calls for the kind of results this therapy provides.

Schedule your appointment today and let your acupuncturist know if you are interested in cupping. Denver Highlands area residents deserve all the benefits that acupuncture has to offer; Refuge Acupuncture is committed to helping all of our patients feel heavenly.

A patient lying on a bed with three cups placed along her spine.