Where to Get Cupping Therapy in the Hudson Valley

Ever since Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps' debut at the Rio games on Sunday, everyone has been talking about the circular bruises on his back. The swimmer confirmed that these bruises were caused by a medical treatment called cupping therapy.

Cupping therapy, often performed by acupuncturists and other alternative medical practitioners, uses specialized, heated cups to create suction and pull the skin up, drawing blood into the treated area and supposedly speeding muscle recovery.

If you are in the Hudson Valley region and interested in finding out what all the fuss is about, here are some practitioners near you that are trained in cupping therapy.

JAC Acupuncture

Jackie Rose of Pine Bush, NY is a licensed acupuncturist and practicing RN who uses several different styles of acupuncture and other traditional therapies, including cupping treatment. She evaluates each patient on a case-by-case basis and may use different therapies depending on your needs. The average cost of her treatment is listed as $40-$60, and she offers both a senior citizens discount and a veterans discount.

Elisa Hirsch-Cotter

Elisa Hirsch-Cotter, in Beacon, is a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She uses acupuncture, cupping, massage, and herbal medicine for a holistic approach to health and well-being. She treats a wide variety of mental and physical conditions, from anxiety to IBS. The average cost of treatment at her practice is between $70 and $120.

Hudson Valley Community Acupuncture

Hudson Valley Community Acupuncture in Fishkill does things a little bit differently than other practices. Rather than offer expensive private treatment, they follow a model of "community practice," in which patients are treated in quiet, group appointments. This allows them to charge a sliding scale fee of only $20-$40 per session. Owner Evan Schwartz is a licensed acupuncturist and uses his expertise to help his clients achieve healthy balance through a combination of acupuncture, cupping, herbal medicine and more.

Zhaohui Meng

Zhaohui Meng, of Hudson Acupuncture in Poughkeepsie, has been practicing acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Liaoning Medical School, and uses her many years of experience to help people with pain management, chronic conditions, and improving their general well-being. Cupping is among the treatment options she offers. She takes many different types of health insurance, and offers a free consultation to new patients.

Even if you're not an Olympic swimmer, cupping (and acupuncture in general) can help you live a pain-free, healthy life if you just give it a try.

Veronica Stork has lived in the Hudson Valley for her entire life. She works there as a librarian, and spends almost all her free time hiking and eating locally. She has never tried cupping therapy personally, but would be open to the experience.