At Lake View Chiropractic in Chicago, IL, we specialize in providing professional cupping therapy services through Dr. Katie Jo Schuler of Lakeview Acupuncture & Wellness. Dr. Schuler is our dedicated practitioner for cupping therapy, operating within our facility to offer this time-honored technique to help patients relieve pain, improve circulation, and detoxify their bodies for overall health enhancement.

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine where cups are placed on the skin to create suction. This suction promotes healing with blood flow, and as part of a deep tissue massage, it helps to relax muscles and relieve inflammation. The therapy is used for a range of physical and mental health issues, providing numerous therapeutic benefits.

The Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy offers multiple health benefits:

  • Pain Relief: It effectively alleviates pain from areas such as the back, neck, and legs by increasing blood flow and relieving muscle tension.
  • Increased Circulation: The suction from the cups increases circulation, which speeds up overall healing and reduces muscle soreness after physical activity.
  • Detoxification: By drawing impurities to the surface, cupping can enhance the body’s natural detoxification processes.
  • Relaxation: Similar to a deep tissue massage, the gentle pressure of cupping can help reduce stress and promote a state of deep relaxation.
  • Immune Support: It stimulates the immune system and improves lymphatic drainage, which helps the body fight off pathogens.

Our Cupping Therapy Techniques

At Lake View Chiropractic, we offer several cupping techniques, including:

  • Dry Cupping: The traditional method where cups are applied to dry skin without any incisions.
  • Wet Cupping: Involves a gentle suction and controlled medicinal bleeding to remove toxins from the body.
  • Moving Cupping: A type of cupping where the cup is moved over different areas of the body to provide a massage-like effect.

What to Expect During Your Session

When you visit our clinic for cupping therapy, our therapists will first discuss your health concerns and goals. Based on your needs, we will determine the most appropriate type of cupping therapy for you. Sessions typically last between 20 to 30 minutes, during which cups will be placed on targeted areas of your body to create suction. While the cups are in place, you may relax and enjoy the calming environment of our treatment rooms.

After the session, you might notice marks on the skin from the cups. These are normal and usually fade within a few days. Most patients report feeling an immediate sense of relief and enhanced well-being following their cupping session.

Why Choose Lake View Chiropractic?

  • Expertise: Our certified therapist Dr. Katie Jo Schuler is trained in the latest cupping techniques and committed to providing safe and effective treatments.
  • Holistic Approach: We believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms, and cupping therapy is integrated with other treatments like chiropractic care and massage for the best results.
  • Customized Care: Each session is tailored to the individual’s specific needs, ensuring optimal outcomes.

Schedule your cupping therapy session with Dr. Katie Jo Schuler at Lake View Chiropractic today and experience a unique treatment that has been trusted for centuries to heal and rejuvenate the body and mind. More information can be found at

Frequently Asked Questions About Cupping Therapy at Lake View Chiropractic

What is cupping therapy?
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative 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 to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

How does cupping therapy work?
Cupping therapy works by creating a vacuum in the cup placed on the target area of the body. This suction increases circulation and is believed to stimulate muscle healing and reduce pain. The cups can be made of glass, bamboo, earthenware, or silicone.

What conditions can cupping therapy treat?

Cupping is used to treat a wide range of conditions. It is commonly used for back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite and weight loss. It’s also used to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.

Does cupping therapy hurt?
While cupping is generally painless, the suction created by the cups causes the skin to redden due to the blood vessels expanding. Some people may experience mild discomfort during the session. Any slight pain or bruising tends to be temporary, lasting a few days at most.

How long does a cupping session last?
Cupping sessions at Lake View Chiropractic typically last between 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the treated condition and the patient’s specific needs.

Is there any downtime after cupping therapy?
There is no significant downtime after cupping. You might notice marks on your skin from the cups, which are normal and fade within a few days. It’s advisable to avoid strenuous exercise immediately after cupping to allow your body to recover from the therapy.

Are there any side effects associated with cupping?
The most common side effect of cupping is the appearance of circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied. These marks are typically painless and disappear within a few days. Rarely, some people might experience mild discomfort, burns, or irritation from the cupping treatment.

How do I know if cupping therapy is right for me?
Cupping therapy can benefit almost anyone looking for relief from pain and muscle tension or overall stress reduction. As with any therapy, it is crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare provider. Our specialists at Lake View Chiropractic can help determine if cupping therapy is suitable for your health needs.

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