Massage gliding versus parking the cups
Gliding cupping is recommended over parking cups to prevent marking the body or breaking a blood vessel. Parking is okay as long as the suction is not creating injuries or marks lasting longer than 2 minutes.
Areas to avoid
Anterior neck, medial to SCM
Kidneys – stationary cups over kidneys
Areas of superficial blood vessel areas/nerve areas: anterior neck, groin, anterior distal forearm. Insulin, or any medical injection sites
Scarring following surgeries. Wait for the scar to heal, at least 3-5 weeks
Herniation/Bulging disc area
Cyst of any kind – pressure can increase discomfort
Acute and non-acute medical conditions
Cancer, malignant tumours, or while receiving cancer therapy
Rheumatoid arthritis flare-up
Deep vein thrombosis
Low blood pressure
Acute circulatory disorders (varicosities)
Von Willebrand disease
Spider & Varicose veins – failed valves are no longer capable of directing blood upward and inward
Note: Varicose & Spider Veins: High pressure within the superficial system causes local dilatation, which leads to sequential failure (through over-stretching) of other nearby valves in the superficial veins. After a series of valves have failed, the problematic veins can no longer direct
Systemic conditions / Weakened conditions
Hemophiliacs and clients who bruise easily
Clients with extreme exhaustion, high stress, or weakened general conditions
Skin hypersensitivity-skin conditions to avoid include but are not limited to
Shingles (Herpes zoster)
Skin lesions, raised moles, skin tags, acne
Medications – Including thin skinning medication
Aspirin, Blood Thinners
All Acute musculoskeletal injuries
Confirm medications within case history and update client files regularly.
Stay current with your medication knowledge.
www.drugs.com is an excellent reference.
Patients on anti-coagulant and anti-platelet medication should not receive cupping.
CUPPING SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
Unless the client has received cupping therapy pre-pregnancy, it is recommended to introduce gliding dynamic cupping gently in the second trimester. Recognize that a conservative approach is necessary as structures may be more responsive during pregnancy due to the hormonal changes in the body (Granter, 2011). More research needs to be completed to provide certitude with safe practice during pregnancy.
Special considerations during pregnancy: Same as a non-pregnant client. PLUS: Do not park
in the lower back.
Children and the Elderly
We recommend the gradual and gentle introduction of gliding dynamic cupping therapy with children and the older
population. Assess reaction to treatment and adjust accordingly.
Note: Please always inform clients that visible markings can result from cupping from 3 to up to 7-8 days following treatment. The client has to agree with marking; otherwise, cupping therapy is contraindicated.
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