Where to Get Cupping Therapy in Philadelphia


Cupping therapy is a new trend in working out, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio have brought this therapy into the spotlight. Considered a therapeutic treatment for athletes, it's said to speed up healing and reduce soreness. Physical therapists, athletic trainers and acupuncturists use it the most. In a nutshell, practitioners place a glass cup over the affected area and apply suction which then permits blood vessels to burst accelerating the healing process. Originally a technique practiced in Chinese medicine, this healing art can be found all over the city of Philadelphia from medical centers to acupuncturists.

Philadelphia Mind Body Acupuncture
Cupping therapy is available for $40.00 and lasts for 30 minutes. This therapy involves using glass or plastic cups to relieve stagnation and bring toxins to the surface of the body. Cupping is used for a variety of conditions, but it is most commonly used for back & neck pain. Many people, not just athletes, find cupping very soothing with some even preferring it to massage.

Renew Acupuncture
At Renew cupping is used in conjunction with acupuncture to hasten the relief of pain. Renew views cupping as a means to help remove stagnation (which is often the source of pain) to help bring blood flow to the area. It also can help bring toxins to the surface so that your body can easily flush them out. The treatments are considered very safe, but can often result in sub-cutaneous blemishing which usually takes about 2-4 days to fade. Renew will treat professional athletes at home as part of a specialty service where treatments will be tailored to the person's specific body needs. More information can be found here.

University of Pennsylvania Musculoskeletal Center
Penn's center is one of the largest in the country and has many clinics around the Philadelphia region. While many athletes and fitness experts feel cupping therapy is still a radical treatment in Western countries, Penn takes a holistic approach including many different medical professionals. Penn has treated many professional athletes and dancers in addition to the regular crowd of workout enthusiasts. Click here to read patient stories.

Stasia DeMarco is a native Philadelphian. She has been a freelance journalist and content strategist for 20+ years.

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