Looking At The Benefits Of Dynamic Cupping

May 7, 2019 3:43 pm Published by


Cupping has been around for centuries, and throughout history, different cupping methods have been developed. Dry cupping, or static cupping, is the more traditional method, where cups are placed to stimulate acupuncture points for pain relief. Dry cupping involves applying cups over the skin to create negative pressure, the cups are left on for 15 minutes. Flash cupping is similar to dry cupping except the cups are applied in succession with light pressure for 30 seconds each. Dynamic cupping, a technique created by Seminars for Health team, is a combination of massage movements, joint movements and the negative pressure created by proper use of the cups. The cup is moved by weak suction along the area of muscle that needs a massage.

There are huge benefits to therapists and patients who practice dynamic cupping. Dynamic cupping is effective in reducing pain, increasing function, increasing flexibility, and improving the quality of life in patients. Dynamic cupping increases circulation reduces inflammation and reduces muscle tension. A study in 2017 supports the use of dynamic cupping in patients with non-specific chronic neck pain. The patients underwent cupping twice a week, and the average pain reduction in these patients was 36%. Not only does dynamic cupping hold great benefits for patients, but it also allows therapists to achieve a deeper and more effective massage with less effort. This makes massage physically easier on therapists and as a result, dynamic cupping is an extremely effective tool for any massage therapist.

However, the use of dynamic cupping can increase the risk of bruising, blistering, discomfort, and blood clots within patients when done without professional training. Cupping is also dangerous for those with certain health conditions, for example, pregnant women with no previous cupping experience or diabetics. Cupping caught the attention of many around the globe when cupping marks were noticed on Michael Phelps alongside other professional athletes. With an increase in cupping popularity, it is essential that those wishing to integrate any level of cupping into their practice receive professional massage training. Continued education allows massage therapists to incorporate new techniques into their practice while protecting their patients from unsafe practices.

Seminars for Health has created an original dynamic cupping course designed by massage therapists with over 20 years of experience. A course designed with the benefits of dynamic cupping and the safety of your clients in mind.

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Saha FJ., Schumann S., Cramer H., Claudia Hohmann K-EC., Rolke R., Langhorst J., et al. The Effects of Cupping Massage in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain. A Randomised Controlled Trial. Complementary Medicine Research. 2017; 24(1), 26-32. https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/454872#
Mohammed Al-Bedah, A., Shaban Aboushanab, T., Saleh Alqaed, M., Akhtar Qureshi, N., Suhaibani, I., Ibrahim, G., & Khalil, M. Classification of Cupping Therapy: A Tool for Modernization and Standardization. Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medical Research. 2016; 1(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.9734/JOCAMR/2016/27222

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