It is similar to wet cupping without the incision of the skin. This method is done on patients who exhibit a weak constitution and aids with pulling all the toxins up to the surface and allowing the body to drain them out through urine and stool.
It is a great tool to be used for pain and promotes circulation and mobility. The effects of Dry Cupping are also similar to Guasha.
Dry Cupping is done by applying plastic suction cups to skin that is either dry or to which lotion has been applied. The lotion allows the Physical Therapist to glide the suction cup over the affected area providing a form of deep tissue massage. The suction is achieved by putting a small, manually-operated suction pump on a valve which is attached to each suction cup. The Physical Therapist can control the amount of suction used. Multiple cups can be applied at one time to a painful or stiff area and are left on the skin anywhere from 5-20 minutes. Stretching exercises AKA active range of motion exercises can be utilized as well while the cups are applied.