What is it?

Cupping is a term that describes the therapeutic practice of placing specialized cups made from plastic, glass, or silicon on the skin. The process starts with analyzing the patients complaints and picking an area on the body believed to be causing the patient discomfort. Once the area is determined, the therapist proceeds by placing multiple domed cups over a targeted trigger point and creates suction using a vacuum pistol. The vacuum-effect within the cup forms a seal, causing the skin to swell which in turn increases blood flow, draws lymph fluid into a concentrated area, and brings toxins to the skin’s surface for removal. In addition to assisting with drainage of impurities, cupping lifts the underlying tissue and alleviates fascial restriction.

The ancient practice has gone by many names and has been used in various places at different points in time including China, Egypt, Korea, and more. The extensive history of cupping has allowed the practice to naturally progress over time, becoming more sophisticated and efficient with modernity.

If you are interested in receiving cupping, it is advised that you consult with your physical therapist to figure out which treatment is the best option.

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Cupping Benefits

How can it help me?

Present day patients who receive cupping report positive results in their skin, muscles and more. There is a noticeable decrease in muscle pain, spasms, inflammation, and an increase in range of motion and respiratory function. Oftentimes, circulation improves, and the skin and body generally feel much healthier. A few recipients of cupping have even stated easier digestion following the treatment.

For the aforementioned reasons, cupping is beneficial to a wide array of people seeking to lower the time needed to recover from an injury or illness.

Techniques and Exercises

What we incorporate into our treatments

Cupping can include techniques or exercises such as:

  • Plastic cupping
  • Movement

Who is eligible for Cupping

Common symptoms and conditions

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Headache
  • Knee pain
  • Hypertension
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Infections
  • Allergies
  • Respiratory complications
  • Digestive complications
  • Musculoskeletal complications
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Contraindications include:

  • Excessively dry skin
  • Open wounds or ulcers
  • Dislocated or fractured bones
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Muscle dystrophy
  • Excessive swelling
  • Skin conditions
  • Seizures
  • Abscesses


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common faq's

Since this is a physical therapy session which will require a physical examination and therapeutic exercise (varies by patient), we ask all our patients to come prepared. Please come dressed in loose fitted clothing that will allow for easy mobility, comfort, and access to the area of complaint. In addition we recommend sneakers with soles that grip to prevent slips or falls.

The need for a referral depends on what type of insurance you have. Most insurance plans do not require one, however some insurances do. For example, if you have HIP, you will need a referral from your primary care physician. We ask that you check to see what your health insurance plan requires prior to your initial visit. If you are unsure, please contact our front office and we’ll do our best to determine whether or not you require a referral.

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Each patients case and diagnosis is unique and requires the development of an individualized plan of care. Your physical therapist will give you an estimate of the number of sessions needed to reach a level of “feeling better”, during your initial evaluation.

Over time the number of visits may increase or decrease from the initial estimate, based on the progress made.

Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy accepts many of the available major insurance plans as well as alternate payment options, including cash/self-pay, to make our services accessible and affordable. Please visit the link below to view all information pertaining to Payment Options.


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