We now offer cupping therapy!

What is cupping therapy?
Fire Cupping

Cupping is a modality used in Chinese medicine in which suction is applied to the skin, using glass or plastic cups, which in turn creates blood flow, promoting healing to the local area. When blood flow is increased, tissues receive much needed nutrients and oxygen to help promote healing. Cupping helps relax tense muscles and reduce stiffness in joints. Cupping is usually done with glass cups, using fire as a way of creating suction, or plastic cups where a hand pump creates the suction. It’s commonly administered on the back for musculoskeletal conditions or respiratory issues but can also be used on the legs, shoulders, arms and abdomen. Cupping can be used for arthritic pain, back pain, and many various types of musculoskeletal pain, menstrual pain, common cold with cough (it can help clear away phlegm and congestion), asthma, headache, and digestive disorders, as well as many other complaints. Cups are retained in place for 5-15 minutes for optimal results. Most patients find the experience pleasant and relaxing. There is often localized discoloration where the cups were placed that will fade and disappear over a few days to a couple of weeks. Remember all those dark circles on the backs of many of the Olympic swimmers? Those round bruises are what you can expect after a cupping session.

What to expect during a cupping session:
Our cupping area will be set up in the small corner nook of the clinic with a massage table and privacy screens. Cupping shifts will not take place during acupuncture shifts so there will be less overall foot traffic in the clinic. Cupping appointments will be 15 minutes long, an ideal amount of time to receive the full benefits of cupping therapy and a quick and easy way to get pain relief and relaxation. Cupping can be done on multiple areas of the body, the back, shoulders, neck, arms, legs and abdomen. We will need access to the areas of the body that need cupping. We will have privacy screens in place as well as sheets and blankets for draping.
*Return patients, if you are coming in for your first cupping appointment make sure and sign our cupping informed consent form before treatment. They will be available at the front desk.
Cupping Fee: $25-$40 per treatment plus $10 initial paperwork fee for patients new to the clinic.
New Practitioner and New Cupping Shift!
We are happy to introduce the newest member of our team Eric Rosenberg, L.Ac. Eric will be starting our first cupping therapy shift on Friday mornings from 10am to 12pm and his first day will be Friday May 26th. You may also see Eric in the clinic if we need a sub for one of our regular acupuncturists at some point. Cupping appointments are available to book now. Grab one soon as this is likely to be a popular shift.
About Eric:
Eric Rosenberg, L.Ac., CMT is a California state licensed Acupuncturist and certified massage therapist. He received his Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco with certificates in both Shiatsu and Tui Na therapy. Eric also has completed over 500 clinical hours of hospital training abroad, at Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Zhengzhou, China studying Tui na and Acupuncture orthopedics, as well as Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. Eric is a dedicated clinician who listens to the needs of his clients and works to improve their health and well-being. With a specialization in musculoskeletal injuries and pain management, he offers treatments that are based in both the fundamentals and theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western anatomy, by utilizing the various meridians and acupuncture points to effectively influence and harmonize the body as well as manual therapy techniques to facilitate soft tissue recovery and pain relief. When he is not working or studying, Eric enjoys riding his bicycle around San Francisco, playing music, and hiking around the various trails of the Bay.

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