You may not realise this yet, but cupping is one of the best pain relief treatments around. And, as you would expect in a city the size of Melbourne, there are quite a few highly qualified practitioners to choose from. You'll find many of them here, at BookWell.
Fire cupping, to give this treatment its proper name, is an Eastern therapy, that has proved to be very beneficial in the western world. Dating back to ancient China, Egypt and the Middle East, it is as effective now as it was then.
In traditional medicine, practitioners use both dry and wet cupping. The techniques are very similar but, to give you a clue, wet cupping is a form of bloodletting. But don't let that send you running for the door!
Cupping is a very safe procedure that is carried out by trained therapists. And, as with any form of treatment, it must meet certain legislation.
In both cases, the inside of the cup is heated, to force out the air. In dry cupping, the cup is then immediately placed upon the skin - usually the back - and a seal or vacuum is created.
If cupping is being used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, the therapists may apply a layer of massage oil first. This enables the cups to be easily moved around the area, a technique known as sliding cupping.
In wet cupping, the area to be treated will be cleaned and disinfected first. A few very small incisions will be made, and the warmed cup will be placed over the top. The idea is to draw a little blood into the cup.
Wet cupping is believed to deliver results much faster than dry cupping, which makes it very popular with athletes, for reducing muscle strain. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is a huge fan of this treatment.