What is Cupping?
Cupping involves heating up a specially designed glass cup and placing this on the skin. The heat inside the cup creates suction and draws the skin and superficial muscles up into the cup. The strength of the suction will depend on the amount of heat used.
Due to the drawing up motion of cupping, the muscles are stretched which provides good relief from pain. Cupping can also be used to draw cold and stagnation out of the body. This can help restore blood flow to areas or particular body functions.
Cupping is mostly done on the back over acupuncture points. The cups are usually in place for about 15 minutes and can be moved from one spot to another. Cupping is not painful but may leave some bruising like marks on the back. It is possible cupping may blister the skin if left on for too long, an attentive qualified practitioner will reduce this risk significantly.
For more information on cupping check our FAQ section.
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Nick is a nationally registered practitioner (AHPRA) of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, and an accredited member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese medicine Association (AACMA).
Nick has studied under Professor Zheng at the College of TCM in Melbourne, completed an internship program at the Hubei Chinese Medicine Hospital in Wuhan, China, and completed a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Western Sydney, focusing on chronic illness and women’s health.
Nick’s time in China was spent working within the Acupuncture Department and the Gastrointestinal and Respiratory Internal Medical Departments.
Nick has a keen interest in helping with the management of:
- Musculoskeletal injury
- Chronic pain e.g. back and neck pain
- Joint pain e.g. Arthritis, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis
- Period pains and hormonal cramping