Do you experience chronic pain?

Cupping therapy may be beneficial!

Cupping is a centuries-old treatment that originated in Chinese and Middle Eastern medicine. For thousands of years, people have relied on this treatment to relieve pain and promote healing. Cupping therapy is used to treat pain by our practitioners at Grasmere Physical Therapy.

This treatment method is also known as “tissue distraction release” in alternative medicine. Cupping is the application of round cups directly to the skin in areas of pain or tension. Cupping was first used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern societies.

If you’d like to try cupping or learn more about how it can help you relieve pain, make an appointment with Grasmere Physical Therapy right away!

What is cupping therapy?


Have you ever seen people with circular bruises and wondered what caused them? Cupping involves placing round cups directly on the skin where there is pain or tension. Your practitioner will use a pump to create the suction required to keep them in place on your body. For each session, your practitioner will leave the cups on your skin for several minutes.

During cupping therapy, our Staten Island, NY physical therapists place rubber or silicone cups on your skin. The vacuum created by the cups causes the skin to rise and the blood vessels to dilate. This relieves pain and induces relaxation while increasing blood flow and decreasing inflammation.

Cupping can be used to relieve musculoskeletal pain by applying it to areas of tension and specific points of high irritability (i.e., trigger points). Trigger points are thought to cause local and referred pain and are frequently caused by trauma or overuse.

Researchers are still examining the precise mechanism of pain control, with Gate Control Theory being the leading theory. The gate control theory essentially states that a non-painful input (cupping) closes the nerve “gates,” thereby blocking pain.

Nitric oxide is linked to muscle relaxation, as well as less tension and pain. Cupping has a positive effect on muscle tension because it increases local blood flow. Nitric oxide levels rise in response to increased blood flow.

What benefits does cupping therapy have at our Staten Island, NY physical therapy clinic?

This treatment has numerous advantages.

Cupping is an effective treatment method for a variety of conditions, including chronic neck pain, low back pain, fibromyalgia, and other musculoskeletal pain-related conditions. It can also benefit your skin, alleviate respiratory issues, and aid digestion.

According to research, it can help relieve pain and increase circulation in the cups’ area. It is a safe treatment, and for some, it is the treatment that kick-starts their recovery.

Contact Grasmere Physical Therapy right away if you are looking for relief!

Are you sick of living with chronic pain and looking for a way to speed up your recovery? Cupping therapy may be beneficial to you. Call us today to speak with one of our Staten Island, NY physical therapists about whether cupping therapy is right for you.

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!