Cupping is an ancient therapy used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, to help relieve sore, achy muscles and to provide pain relief. It is used to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow to damaged, diseased or scarred tissue. The technique involves the careful placement of cups on top of the trouble area, where the cups act as a suction or vacuum and pull metabolic waste and stagnant blood from deep muscle tissue upwards toward the superficial layer of skin. The blood vessels in the area expand which increases blood flow and encourages healing. The cups are left in place for several minutes. Depending upon your condition, Dr. Smith may follow up by needling the area. Bruising at the cup site is common and mild but it is a good thing! The bruises will resolve quickly. This is another powerful tool Dr. Smith can use to help improve your condition and increase your energy!