Dry cupping is when a plastic or glass cup is applied to the surface of the skin, and the air inside is drawn out. The cups can be used statically or with movement for periods of five to ten minutes.

Cupping increases blood flow at the point of injury. Clients have reported reduced pain, a reduction in their disabilities and increased range of movement. Other benefits to dry cupping include improved circulation, assist with the removal of toxins, and reduced muscle tension and spasms.

You may have seen dry cupping used by professional athletes during major sporting events. Most commonly at the Olympics.
Dry cupping is not just for professional athletes. It can be used by office workers, people who participate in sport and general everyday overuse problems. Dry cupping is an ancient Chinese medicine. Cups are most commonly placed on the back, legs, and arms.

Here at Body Mechanics Malmesbury, we will often use it alongside massage to compliment both treatments and do the best for our clients. When a client is suffering from back pain issues and they are very sensitive to the touch, dry cupping is a great way to make the treatment more comfortable and at ease. Dry cupping works by lifting the sheath that muscles are encased in to allow the muscles to expand. In doing so blood is drawn into the area helping improve circulation to the area. By allowing the space for the muscle to expand, the muscle tension is greatly reduced.

One negative side effect of cupping can be significant discolouration in the shape of the cup. These cupping marks are discoloration of the skin due to broken blood vessels just beneath the skin, much like a bruise. This indicates the level of blood stagnation, toxin accumulation in your body. The colour and pattern of the marks reflect the level of stagnation in that area. The darker the colour, the more stagnation present. The more often the treatment is performed, the better the levels of stagnation get, and the marks become less dark. The lighter pink colouring generally fades within a few minutes to an hour. However, the darker red colour will fade between 3 days to a week. This can be extended for up to 2 weeks if it is an old injury. Below is a colour chart of what the different colours mean.