The most common form of cupping is called fire cupping.
Other Forms of Cupping
Cups can be placed over specific parts of the body and retained for 10-15 minutes depending on the patient’s needs.
This is a wonderful technique for back pain and most patients enjoy the sensation of sliding cupping.
Cups can also be used over a large area of the body in a method called sliding cupping. In this technique, an oil or linament is applied to the area of the body to be worked on and then the cup placed on the body. The suction on the body combined with the lubrication of the oil allows the cups to be slid over an area, pulling up the tissue and increasing circulation over a broader area. This is a wonderful technique for back pain and most patients enjoy the sensation of sliding cupping. This can also be used on the lateral leg along a muscle and tendon grouping called the IT band for people who experience a pain and tightness along the outside of their legs.
Cupping can be used as a stand-alone treatment or combined as with an acupuncture treatment to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.