Burnaby Cupping Therapy Treatments
Cupping is a form of therapy that originated in China almost two millennia ago that involves the placing of heated cups onto the skin to create suction inducing increased blood flow in the area to help facilitate healing. At Elu Wellness cupping is performed by our acupuncturists who are registered practitioners with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CTCMA) of British Columbia.
Cupping creates negative pressure through heat which helps manipulate the soft tissue, thereby increasing blood flow. This increased circulation is beneficial in helping to relieve muscle tension, inflammation and in promoting cell repair by aiding in the creation of new blood vessels in the immediate area.
Cupping is also known to help ease the symptoms of minor and chronic health conditions when used as a complement to existing treatments.
It is recommended that you arrive a few minutes early for your appointment at Elu Wellness as to ready your mindset for your pending appointment. If it is your first time with us, you will be asked to fill out some paperwork such as a consent form and a relevant health and medical questionnaire. Like every session at Elu Wellness, your appointment involves a consultation or two-way dialogue where information is gathered and exchanged.
As cupping is performed by an acupuncturist, please be mindful that some of the questions that they may pose may seem irrelevant to your condition, however, as the practice of acupuncture and its various offshoots such as cupping focuses on the whole body and all of its interconnections, every query is tied to the bigger picture as a whole.
Depending upon where the cups will be positioned, you may need to partially disrobe for your appointment and will be given a gown to wear or will be draped by a sheet or towel. For the instances you will not be asked to undress, please be sure to wear clothing that can easily be rolled up or maneuvered.
The glass cups being used are rounded like balls on one end and open on the other and though they are reused, they are thoroughly disinfected for each patient.
Regardless if stationary, flash or glide cupping is being performed, the acupuncturist will apply some oil to the area to allow for better adherence. The inside of the cup is then heated with a small flame to create a partial vacuum where the hot air will draw the skin and muscle upward. The cup will then be placed on the skin and remain in place for anywhere from five to ten minutes for stationary cupping, rapidly placed and then removed for flash cupping or moved in a stroking motion for glide cupping.
After your session your acupuncturist will recommend you rest for the remainder of the day and to stay hydrated to help cleanse your system. You may notice some round red marks varying in colour where the cups were placed from the blood vessels responding to the change in pressure—this is typical and will eventually fade.
Cupping is a form of traditional medicine which can help provide relief from pain, inflammation with many other health benefits. If you are interested in Cupping Therapy, request an appointment or call us at Elu Wellness in Burnaby BC servicing areas in Edmonds, Highgate, Edmonds, Capital Hill, Caribou, Deer Lake Park and South Burnaby and New Westminster.