Cupping – FAQs

What is cupping?

Cupping is an effective treatment where special cups are placed directly onto the skin which form a vacuum and is an alternative treatment for pain, inflammation and other soft tissue injuries.

It is a type of deep tissue massage which leads to an increased in nutrient and oxygen content within a localised area. By using a vacuum rather than manual pressure provided by sports massage. The vacuum effect on the soft tissue created micro-trauma.  The body is then stimulated to create an inflammatory response which is the natural process of healing. The manipulation to the soft tissue and fascia leads to a relaxation effect to the muscle, which often results to reduce pain, improve range of motion and performance, increased general relaxation and well-being.

What are the benefits of cupping?

There are many benefits of cupping. These include:

  • Pain Relief
  • Relaxation
  • Increased blood flow
  • Reduced tension and stress
  • Speeds up recovery from injury

What conditions can cupping also be used for?

Cupping has been clinically proven to be effective for the following conditions:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Low chronic back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Poor circulation
  • Treatment of old scar tissue

Where will the cups be placed?

The cups are often placed in various positions which include the back, neck shoulder and often at the site of the pain. Ryan will discuss this with you at your consultation.

Are there any side effects?

Some people do experience slight discolouration on the skin at the site of where the cup was placed. These will fade within the week and will not be painful.

What are the different types of cupping?

We offer two types of cupping; Dry Cupping & Fire Cupping

What is the difference between ‘Dry’ Cupping & ‘Fire’ Cupping?

Fire Cupping is a gentler treatment which uses heat to produce the vacuum within a glass cup.

Dry Cupping is a plastic cup which has a special device to achieve the desire suction level.

What should I wear?

A pair of shorts and a vest top is ideal.

What our clients say...

McNeely Skin and Body- Sports Massage and Therapy ★★★★★
  • Andrea Littlewood ★★★★★
    I recently had quite a lot of sessions with Ryan, I have a stressful job that impacts my back terribly. Ryan has been a god sent, I feel at ease with him and he works wonders. I would highly recommend him.
    18/10/23 — 2 months ago
  • Angela Audsley ★★★★★
    Highly recommend McNeely sports massage. Ryan has treated a shoulder injury I’ve had pain from for a number of years, I’ve seen at least 3 other practitioners multiple times, with little improvement. After my first visit to Ryan I had significant reduction in pain and after one follow up I’ve had zero pain since! It’s made a big difference for me and I will continue to book for preventative and pain relief treatment in future.
    09/11/23 — a month ago
  • Gemma Andre ★★★★★
    Where do I start, this is the best massage I have ever experienced! Ryan is so professional and the knowledge and experience is unbelievable. All my family have treatments now on a Regular basis due to their Christmas present/birthday being a massage with Ryan, quote that was an amazing gift 😄. Highly recommend a treatment weather its for general relaxation de stress, an injury, help with sleep and anxiety. Look no further. Thank you Ryan keep up the good work!
    12/07/23 — 5 months ago
  • Amanda Bailes ★★★★★
    My symptoms were lower back & upper back discomfort. Over recent months Ryan has supported me to reflect and adjust my posture, along with regular treatment that has resulted in fewer aches and pains. I would highly recommend. Ryan’s knowledge is his area of work is outstanding. Customer service is excellent.
    18/10/23 — 2 months ago
  • Karen Francis ★★★★★
    I went to Ryan monthly for his sports massage for the best part of a year. As well as the massages being really good - I always felt a noticeable difference in my back and shoulders in particular afterwards - Ryan was friendly, professional and really knowledgeable about injuries and the muscular system. I'd definitely recommend to anyone looking for a skilled masseuse.
    01/11/23 — a month ago