According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), cupping is a method of creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation (stagnant blood and lymph), thereby improving Qi flow. This modality can treat respiratory issues. It is more commonly used to break adhesions in the muscle tissues, increasing blood flow and decreasing tension in the muscles along with inflammation and pain. It is commonly used in the treatment of high level athletes for improved muscle recovery. It can leave behind circular bruises on the skin surface, these bruises usually dissipate within a week.
Gua Sha / Scraping
Gua Sha also known in the West as scraping, is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin and underlying tissues is scraped with a tool usually made of stone, bone or plastic. Gua Sha is believed to releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing. It is used to improve circulation in muscles and joints to relieve pain. Depending of pressure used, the treatment can cause a petechial rash to the skin that resolves after a few days.
Tui Na is also known as Chinese medical massage. It is the manual manipulation of the soft tissue along with bones and joints to establish balance and harmonious flow of Qi throughout the body. It works deeply with the positive energy of the body while impacting circulatory flow and Qi to improve the bodies general function.