Silicone vs. Plastic Cupping

This is one of the biggest questions we get in and out of the office. “What is the difference between the two?”


-First, what is cupping? It’s the process of using either plastic, glass, or silicone cups applied to the skin in order to create a negative pressure environment to help lift the skin, muscles, and fascia in the area to help increase blood and lymph flow to that area.


-The bruising you typically will see is due to more blood being pulled to the area, NOT BECAUSE OF PAIN!


-Cupping is a very gentle approach that can have great results in a few treatments.





Benefits of silicone cupping (Rockpods™): a more gentle approach between the two and is great for being used with active care types of treatments (movement). They can also be used to allow sliding across the skin to be used as a massage type motion.

-->We love to use the Rockpods when doing active stretches with our patients to help break up muscle adhesions in the area of complaint. Typically the patient will see less “bruising” from silicone cups due to not having the suction strength of the plastic/glass cups.


Benefits of glass/plastic cupping: great for providing deep pressure relief as the doctor can control the pressure being applied. This type of cup is also great for breaking up old scar tissue and for bringing more blood into the area (darker bruises). A great treatment option for low back pain, headaches, and many other complaints we will typically see in our office. Even though the “bruising” may be darker, this type of cupping is also very gentle and painless for our patients!


We use both methods on ourselves all the time, so you can trust it is safe for you (our patients) if we are willing to do it on ourselves.


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