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Cupping & Gua Sha

At Joanne Trujillo Acupuncture clinic in the Highlands, Chinese cupping & Gua sha are integral tools used during the treatment sessions.  These techniques are included in a regular acupuncture session, as needed. 

Cupping Therapy


Chinese Cupping 

Chinese cupping is a traditional therapeutic technique that has been employed by acupuncturists for centuries. This method involves the use of cups, typically made of glass or plastic, which are applied to the skin to create a vacuum. The cups are then moved across the body's surface, creating a gliding or sliding effect. This technique offers a multitude of various health benefits and is used as part of traditional Chinese medicine.


One of the primary purposes of Chinese cupping is to eliminate inflammation in the body. The vacuum created by the cups helps increase blood flow to the targeted areas, promoting the removal of toxins and reducing inflammation. Acupuncturists use cupping to address conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, and muscle pain and injury.


In addition to addressing inflammation, gliding cupping is known for its ability to relax tense muscles. The suction created by the cups draws the skin upward, facilitating the release of tension in the underlying muscles. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing muscle tightness and discomfort.


Cupping is effective for relieving back, neck and shoulder pain, IT band tightness, repetitive motion disorders of the arms, shoulders and legs, muscles spasms and tension headaches. 


Furthermore, Chinese cupping releases the fascia from other tissues. Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds muscles, nerves, and organs. Cupping breaks up adhesions between the fascia and other tissues, promoting better movement and flexibility.


Improving lung function is yet another benefit of cupping. By enhancing blood circulation and promoting the release of toxins, cupping supports respiratory health. It is often used to address conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. Cupping can also assist in loosening phlegm to resolve chest conditions, providing relief for individuals with respiratory issues.


Beyond its impact on specific conditions, Chinese cupping boosts the immune system and supports lymphatic drainage. The improved circulation and removal of toxins enhances the body's natural defense mechanisms, contributing to overall well-being.


For women experiencing menstrual cramping, cupping is a valuable technique for relief. The cups are applied to the lower abdomen and lower back to promote blood circulation, reduce muscle tension, and alleviate menstrual discomfort.


While Chinese cupping has a long history of effectiveness, it's essential to note that individual experiences may vary. It's important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional, such as an acupuncturist or traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, before undergoing cupping therapy to ensure it's a good fit for your specific health conditions. Don't hesitate to reach out to Joanne for a Free Discovery Consultation.

Gua Sha

Chinese Gua Sha, often used in conjunction with acupuncture sessions, is a traditional therapeutic technique that involves scraping or rubbing the skin with a smooth-edged instrument. This technique is applied to specific areas of the body to stimulate blood flow, release tension, and promote healing. When integrated into acupuncture sessions, Gua Sha can enhance the overall effectiveness of the treatment.


Improved circulation is crucial for delivering oxygen and nutrients to tissues, facilitating the removal of metabolic waste, and supporting the body's natural healing processes. Gua Sha breaks up blood stasis and encourage the flow of vital energy, known as Qi, throughout the body.


It's also effective in releasing myofascial tissue. The scraping motion helps to release tension in the muscles and fascia, promoting flexibility and reducing stiffness. This can be particularly beneficial for those experiencing musculoskeletal pain, tightness, or limited range of motion. Results with Gua Sha include relief from conditions such as chronic pain, repetitive motion disorders, muscle tension, headaches, and stress. 

In addition to its physical benefits, Gua Sha has a positive impact on the body's energetic balance. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the scraping action helps balance the flow of Qi and remove blockages in the meridians, the energy pathways in the body. This restores harmony and alleviate various health issues.

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