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If you regularly experience neck pain, back pain, or headaches, cupping provides a safe, effective, and noninvasive treatment option. At Elite Spine and Health Center, experienced chiropractors Dr. Billy Cheong, Dr. Kesia Broome, Dr. Elias Madrid, Dr. Tabotha Green, and Dr. Francis Jopanda and the team use cupping to reduce the side effects of musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses. To make an appointment, call the office in Houston or Spring, Texas, or click the online booking feature today.

Cupping Q & A

Cupping is a holistic treatment practiced for thousands of years. It uses specialized cups to create suction, drawing blood to a specific part of your body, like your back or neck. The increased circulation stimulates your body’s natural healing process, relieving pain and inflammation while improving your mobility.

At Elite Spine and Health Center, the team uses cupping to treat various issues, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory issues, like asthma
  • Headaches and migraines

You might also benefit from cupping if you experience gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting, or irritable bowel disease.

At Elite Spine and Health Center, the team offers several types of cupping, including:

Dry cupping

During dry cupping, your Elite Spine and Health Center provider places a number of cups on your back or neck. Once the cups are in position, your provider heats them up, creating a vacuum. The vacuum pulls your skin into the cup, increasing circulation to the area.

Wet cupping

Wet cupping is similar to dry cupping. The difference is that your provider makes a series of small incisions in your skin beforehand. Then, they place the cups on top. Blood oozes out of the incisions, releasing toxins from your body.

Cupping is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it isn’t for everyone. That’s especially true if you have an underlying medical condition like a bleeding disorder or a blood clotting problem. To ensure you’re a candidate for treatment, your Elite Spine and Health Center provider reviews your medical history beforehand.

Cupping is an outpatient procedure that’s relatively low risk. Even so, it’s possible to experience side effects like muscle tension, soreness, or itchy skin. If you experience these or other issues, let your provider know. They can make recommendations to speed up your recovery.

After your cupping appointment, you can return to work and other typical activities right away. It’s normal to experience some red or purple bruises on your skin, where the cups were placed, but these should subside within a week or two.

To see if you’re a candidate for cupping, make an appointment at Elite Spine and Health Center by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking feature today.