Since the rise of alternative and complementary medicine, as well as positive anecdotal reports from celebrities and athletes, cupping therapy has gained popularity. There are a number of benefits associated with the therapy, including an improvement in circulation, an increase in immunity, and a reduction in pain.
Over the years, there are a lot of cupping techniques that came up which has the same goal of increasing blood flow, loosening stiff muscles, and promoting healing.
In this article, we are going to learn about the two types of cupping which is the traditional cupping and dynamic cupping, and their benefits, and differences.
What is traditional cupping?
The ancient form of cupping therapy known as traditional cupping has been practiced in various cultures for thousands of years, including Chinese, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern cultures. Over generations, traditional cupping has remained unchanged in its principles and methods.
It is thought that traditional cupping improves circulation, reduces muscle tension, and promotes healing through the suction created by heated cups made of glass, bamboo, or clay. Various types of cupping are available, including wet and dry cupping.
Dry cupping uses cups applied directly to the skin without the addition of oil or lotion. As a general rule, the process consists of the following steps:
- Skin and cups are sterilized by the practitioner.
- Cups are heated with a flame, hot air, or a special device.
- The heated cups are then placed on the skin, creating suction as the air inside the cup cools and contracts.
- The cups are left in place for several minutes, usually 5 to 15 minutes.
- Using the cups increases blood flow, stretches stiff muscles, and promotes healing.
- When the cup is removed, the practitioner may massage the treated area or apply ointment to soothe it.
Known as “bleeding cupping,” wet cupping is a form of cupping therapy in which the practitioner makes small incisions before applying the cups. As a general guideline, the process involves the following steps:
- Skin and cups are sterilized by the practitioner.
- A sterilized blade or needle is used to make small incisions in the skin.
- Flames or hot air are used to heat the cups, or special devices can pre-heat them.
- The heated cups are then placed on the skin over the incisions, creating suction as the air inside the cup cools and contracts.
- It is said that the suction created by the cups draws out toxins and impurities from the body.
- Blood drawn to the surface may be wiped away with sterilized cotton or gauze after the cups are removed after a few minutes.
- A practitioner may also massage the treated area or apply an ointment to soothe it.
A trained practitioner should perform wet cupping, which is more invasive than dry cupping. Several complications, such as infection and scarring, can occur during wet cupping, so it’s important to understand that wet cupping may not be suitable for everyone.
While traditional cupping provides all of the benefits of cupping therapy, it is not without some downsides. It has the downside of causing bruises and leaving marks on the skin for too long due to the method used. It’s also possible to spread infections by sharing cupping devices and tools. A wet cupping procedure involves making incisions on the skin rather than using flammable items. The long-term effects of these activities can be dangerous to the skin and health.
What is Dynamic Cupping?
Dynamic cupping is also known as slide cupping or glide cupping. The cupping device is used in conjunction with massage movements, joint movements, and pressure from the cupping device. Using the cupping device, suction is created by pressing it against the tensed muscle area and then releasing it. It combines traditional cupping with advanced technology while enabling safe practice. It is a more advanced method than traditional cupping. The pain from dynamic cupping is less than that of other forms of cupping, and it doesn’t leave you with long-lasting marks on your skin.
The CupperCare – Electric Cupping Therapy Massager Device With Heating for Shoulder, Back, and Neck
This all-in-one device gets rid of body pain fast and easily. It features negative pressure, vibration modes, and heat therapy that addresses your body’s pain. This device acts as your personal massage therapist providing you with relief from pain, reducing inflammation, boosting blood flow, relaxing stiff muscles, and for your overall well-being.
Our CupperCare – Electric Cupping Therapy Massager Device has much more benefits to fewer or zero side effects. The device combines negative pressure cupping, scraping, and massage functions. Dynamic breathing cupping can be achieved by intelligently detecting the pressure in the tank and adjusting the vacuum negative pressure in real-time.
It has the following features and benefits:
- Portable – With its small size and easy portability, the device can be carried anywhere and used by anyone. Traditional cupping requires you to carry the whole set of cups around or put flammable substances into your bag. Anywhere and anytime, you can use CupperCare whether at home, at the office, or in the gym – it’s just as easy as turning on a smart device.
- Dynamic cupping system – The dynamic cupping system allows you to alternate between suction and massage which leaves you with a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
- Customizable Massage – With CupperCare you can customize the massage speed or pressure that suits your needs. You only have to set it up and then it will do all the work.
- Red light therapy – CupperCare comes with a Red light therapy feature that can be customized to meet your needs. Red light therapy helps in relieving pain and inflammation and also speeds up skin healing.
- 20-Minute Timer – This cupping device has an auto shutdown of 20 minutes after it is turned on and started to avoid unnecessary damage to the skin caused by excessive scraping and cupping.