Cupping therapy has become popular over the last few years and is known for its numerous health benefits. It is a form of therapy that involves placing suction cups on your skin. Over centuries, this form of therapy has been used to relieve muscle tension by using cups made of glass, bamboo, ceramic, earthenware, or silicone. This is known as traditional cupping therapy. However, there’s now a modern type of cupping known as dynamic cupping that creates a vacuum with a rubber pump instead of fire. In this article, we will explain the difference between traditional and dynamic cupping and how to use the latest smart cupping devices.
What is Traditional Cupping?
Traditional cupping is not a new concept, as it can be traced back to the early Han dynasty in the Chinese tradition. This requires creating suction with cups made of glass, bamboo, ceramic, earthenware, or silicone. There are different kinds of cupping, including wet and dry cupping.
In dry cupping, you need a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper to be set on fire. Once the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the skin and after a few minutes, while the air cools, a suction is created. Wet cupping is done in a similar manner, except that in this case, several small incisions are made on the skin, and blood is drawn from the body into the cup.
Both wet and dry cupping eventually leaves round marks around the skin that can last for weeks. These two methods of cupping have been used over centuries for several health problems but they also have their side effects, most of which are skin-related. There have also been debates on whether or not the practice is safe. Some of these traditional practitioners do not consider the health risks from using the same cupping device on more than one person.
Due to the many debates on traditional cupping, dynamic cupping was introduced.
What is Dynamic Cupping?
Dynamic cupping is also known as slide or glide cupping. It is a combination of massage movements, joint movements, and pressure from the cupping device. The suction is created by depressing the cupping device on the tensed muscle area and then releasing it. This is a more advanced method of traditional cupping, as it combines traditional cupping with advanced technology while enabling safe practices. Compared to other forms of cupping, dynamic cupping hurts you less and also doesn’t leave marks on your skin for so long. An example of this is the RecoverFun Aircup which works perfectly to relieve muscle tension. But then, how does it benefit your body and health?
Benefits of Dynamic Cupping
The benefits of dynamic cupping are numerous but there are a few worth taking note of and we’ve highlighted them below:
1. It relieves tense muscles
The primary benefit of cupping therapy is to help relieve chronic muscle tension and pain. Several things can contribute to muscle tension and they are all a result of the physiological effects of stress. As the muscle gets stressed, the blood vessels get constricted and restrict blood flow to the soft tissues - muscles, tendons, and nerves. The back is most commonly affected by this. However, this can be corrected with dynamic cupping, as it stretches and loosens tight muscles and connective tissue adhesions. This not only relieves your muscles but also helps clear any form of inflammation building up in the soft tissues.
2. It increases circulation
Dynamic cupping creates suction in the skin and this increases circulation to the area where the cup is placed. The increased blood and lymph circulation to that region help relieve muscle tension and promote cell repair. It also reduces the risk of muscle strain and injury in the future, especially if you do heavy muscle training.
3. It gives massage benefits
Dynamic cupping readily mimics the effects of deep tissue massage, so you don’t have to do a massage after cupping therapy. This includes pain relief, increased energy and alertness, reduced stress, and increased relaxation.
4. It improves certain medical conditions
For centuries, cupping therapy has been used for certain medical conditions and has been proven effective. Studies have shown how cupping can be effective in musculoskeletal pain, nonspecific low back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, and other painful conditions. Another study also found that it may be effective in alleviating the pain and other symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
5. Improves quality of life
Having a device that can help relieve tense muscles while helping you relax and be less anxious can ultimately improve your quality of life. With dynamic cupping, you can get cupping therapy anywhere, even from the comfort of your home. It also makes the work of massage therapists easier than ever, as they can now achieve a deeper and more effective massage with minimal effort. This makes cupping therapy less strenuous and your health will benefit greatly from it.
Difference Between Traditional Cupping and RecoverFun Aircup
Traditional cupping has been known for centuries and a lot of people have gotten familiar with it. However, we are providing a better option proven to be effective and with additional features that you’d love to try out. We call this the RecoverFun Aircup, an auto dynamic-cupping therapy device with advanced technology. Now, the question is - How is it any different? We have decided to break down the difference between traditional cupping and the RecoverFun Aircup.
Traditional cupping provides all the cupping therapy benefits you can think of but not without some costs. One of the downsides is that it causes bruises and leaves marks on the skin for too long due to the method used. There’s also the risk of sharing cupping devices and tools used in the process, which can cause infections. While dry cupping involves flammable items, wet cupping involves making incisions on the skin. All of this can backfire and be dangerous to the skin and health in the long run.
The RecoverFun Aircup offers much more benefits and fewer to no side effects on the body. It is built with dynamic smart cupping technology and red light therapy and is perfect for anyone. Some of the key things that makes the RecoverFun Aircup stand out include:
1. It can be easily controlled by an app
The RecoverFun Aircup device has an easy-to-use app. To get the most from your cupping therapy, install the RecoverFun app from your App Store or Play Store. Turn on the Aircup device and click on “search” on the app to link the device. With the app, you can set your suction mode and also time your therapy sessions with ease.
2. It is Portable
The device has been designed to be portable and can be carried around to be used anywhere and by anyone. It will be inconvenient to carry the whole cupping set around or fit flammable substances into your bag or try to pierce your skin as traditional cupping requires. With the RecoverFun Aircup, you only have to turn on the smart device and use it anywhere and anytime, whether you’re at home, the office, or at the gym.
3. It has a dynamic cupping system
The dynamic cupping system allows the device to alternate between suction and massage effects on the muscle. This helps boost blood circulation while speeding up the recovery process.
4. It allows for personalized massage
The beauty of using a smart cupping device is that it allows you to personalize your therapy process. You can make it faster or slower or allow it to create more or less suction. You only have to press a few buttons to set the modes and suction power that you will be comfortable with.
5. It gives you Red Light Therapy features
An additional benefit of using the RecoverFun Aircup is the Red Light Therapy (RLT) which gives your muscles a much more effective result. The RLT helps relieve pain and inflammation and also speeds up skin healing and tissue recovery.
6. It has the Guasha/scraping feature
You can activate the Guasha mode by setting the RecoverFun Aircup to mode 5. Simply apply a little pressure on the Aircup to your body and slide it across your skin. RecoverFun is unique, as it lets you slide it over your skin both horizontally and vertically, thereby providing more effective therapy for your muscles.
The RecoverFun Aircup device can be found in the smart cupping collections on the website. Several other features of the device are highlighted, including the specifications and what is included in the kit. There’s also a video with a detailed explanation of how to use the cupping device.
Who Can Benefit From Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is for everyone, especially the new dynamic cupping therapy with more benefits and lesser health risks. The numerous benefits of cupping therapy make it applicable for anyone with tense muscles.
This applies to you if:
- You work out for long hours at the gym.
- You do simple exercise at home or at the office.
- You use the computer for too long and need to stretch your neck, back, and waist.
- You do a strenuous job that requires a lot of muscle use.
- You’re just an average person who needs quick muscle relaxation anytime and anywhere.
As long as you need to stretch your muscles, cupping therapy can come in handy. RecoverFun is designed for you and you only need to take out the device from your bag and relax your muscles, at your convenience.