Cupping therapy is an ancient form of Eastern medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. Side effects in the area where the cups touch your skin include mild discomfort or bruises.

Here at The Back Pain Center, however, Dr. Gigante founded and coined the term Dynamic Cupping Therapy five years ago, which uses the principles of cupping with the addition of gliding the cups along and across the muscles to discover and eliminate any adhesions between the different layers of fascia that can be primary causes of pain.

Dynamic Cupping Therapy is typically used during the initial relief phase of care and is generally phased out during the stabilization and corrective phases.