Cupping and Gua Sha are part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The simplest explanation is to consider these a manual massage technique.
Cupping and Gua Sha help to alleviate muscle soreness and spasm. They work to break up adhesions and improve blood flow to an injured area. By doing so, the metabolic waste that exists in a tight muscle can now be re-circulated, allowing the muscle to heal.
While many of the images of Cupping online may seem scary, I can assure you, it feels really good. Patients tend to feel a strong sense of relief in sore muscles immediately.
Cupping and Gua Sha are excellent therapies to help with chronic or acute muscle tension, headaches and migraines. If you sit at a desk or over a computer all day, you’ve experienced upper back tension in the area between the shoulder blades. These therapies are excellent additions to your acupuncture treatments to help relieve this area.