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Does cupping cause bruising?

Cupping does not always cause bruising, although it can. There are two kinds of cupping. One is called sliding cups, where a cup is used to create a vacuum and then slid so it feels like a massage. It is sometimes called massage cupping and is really comfortable. It provides all the benefits of increasing the blood flow and breaking up scar tissue. It has some of the benefits of cupping and some of the benefits of massage.

The other kind of cupping is called stationary cupping, and that’s where a really strong vacuum-like suck is used and leaves darker marks, or darker marks can occur if there has been an injury. The sliding cups treatment is gentler and does not leave dark marks. People should talk to the acupuncturist about these treatment options.

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