Muscle aches and pains most commonly develop from overuse, acute injuries or repetitive stress. However, they can also develop from an excess of toxins in the body. Exposure to toxins through the environment and the foods we consume can have a wide-ranging physical impact. This can also lead to pain generators that are difficult to diagnose and sometimes require alternative forms of treatment.
Cupping therapy draws toxins, stagnant blood, and dead cells from within the deeper tissues to help decrease soft-tissue pain. This occurs as the negative pressure helps the body recover, relax, and rid itself of toxins that can impede therapy. It is for this reason that cupping is considered to be a useful complement to other physical medicine and rehab modalities. The providers at Austin Preferred Integrative Medicine have a track record of positive results with this modality, making our practice a popular option for cupping therapy in Austin.
During a cupping appointment, plastic cups are placed on the skin, connected to negative pressure and allowed to sit for around 20 minutes. This stimulates the body’s natural healing process while rejuvenated, healthy circulation delivers oxygen and nutrients to the area. As this occurs, the tissues become revitalized and regain a normal level of function. As such, this technique has become popular for helping athletes recover from sports injuries as well as normal wear and tear. Prominent athletes including Cristiano Ronaldo, Russell Westbrook, and Giannis Antetokounmpo regularly use cupping to recover.
While cupping has a therapeutic effect on soft tissues, it does leave a distinct mark on the body. The dark spots cupping therapy leaves behind are a hallmark of the procedure. These marks occur as static blood, cells and toxins emerge from the deeper tissues. They are generally painless and subside in 3-5 days, although we recommend you keep the marks covered for up to 48 hours after treatment. This procedure also opens up the pores of the skin, which may result in mild sensitivity to cold. Furthermore, lightheadedness and dizziness can also occur.
Cupping therapy is not yet covered by most major health insurance carriers. Consequently, Austin preferred offers it only at the self-pay rate.
Call (512) 442-2727 with questions or to schedule a consultation at our Westlake clinic. You can also visit our Services and Conditions pages for more information on treatment options at our practice.
Q: What is cupping therapy?
A: Cupping therapy uses negative pressure from ergonomic cups to draw stagnant blood and toxins out of the soft tissues, which can relieve pain and improve function.
Q: Does health insurance cover cupping therapy in Austin?
A: Most major health insurance carriers do not yet cover cupping.
Q: Is cupping therapy painful?
A: The suction cups create a slight sensation of tightness in the surrounding areas, but there is generally little to no pain during the appointment. Any pain you may experience generally subsides by altering the pressure of the suction.
Q: How long do the spots last from cupping therapy?
A: Although the spots usually last for 3-5 days after the appointment, they can linger for as long as two weeks in some cases. However, they are typically painless and subside without issue.
Call (512) 442-2727 with questions about the services we offer, or to schedule an appointment at our South Austin clinic.