I first learned about cupping therapy from my physical therapist after my c-section. With my doctors’ approval, I had looked into massage to re-mobilize my scar tissue and bring back sensation to my lower abdomen. You can obviously do this yourself at home, but I figured I’d leave it to the professionals.
I won’t lie. The first few visits were very painful and I nearly cried on the table. But I stuck with it. In a matter of weeks, the therapist suggested that we try cupping — an equally painful procedure that could help my fascia accelerate healing.
Cupping therapy is a technique that uses suction cups to encourage blood flow to your connective tissue and increase circulation. It can help reduce inflammation and pain as well as increase your range of motion.
Initially, when I tried cupping therapy on my c-section scar, the procedure was painful. After two sessions, I found that it was easier to manage. It actually started to alleviate the pain and increase physical sensation when I touched my lower abdomen. The therapist showed me how to do it, so I could buy the cups and continue treatment at home. Let’s be real: it’s more cost-effective and easier to do yourself when you have a baby to care for.
If you’re willing to try cupping therapy at home on your c-section scar tissue, only keep the cups on for 5-10 minutes. That’s 10 minutes at most. Do what makes you comfortable, even if that means working up to 5 minutes gradually during each cupping session. You only need to practice cupping therapy 1-2 times a week to see results.
I also recommend starting with smaller cups, as they are more effective for a c-section scar. If you’re applying cups to the c-section scar, place them directly on the line to help mobilize the tissue. Experiment with how much tissue you “vacuum” each time. You may find you only need a small amount to get the blood flowing.
Even if you’re suffering from chronic joint pain due to rheumatoid arthritis, a connective tissue disease like Sjogren’s, or fibromyalgia, I highly recommend trying cupping therapy. It can be especially helpful for problematic areas like your back and hips, not just your abdomen.