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Cupping therapy is one of the oldest and most extensively used therapeutic treatments. Many cultures around the world practice different types of cupping therapy using various different tools to achieve similar effects. Cupping is an ancient method of causing local congestion where a vacuum is created with the use of cups, which are placed on the skin to draw up the underlying tissues. This negative pressure creates a drawing action in the tissues rather than the compression of massage, and results in a highly effective separation of tissue layers.

Cupping is also an excellent form of lymphatic drainage. Myofascial release is accomplished with the lifting and loosening of adhesions while assisting in the restructuring of the underlying myofascial bands. Negative pressure therapy also affects the parasympathetic nervous system allowing an added relaxation component to the treatment.