Cupping Therapy

Lawrence, KS | Midwest Muscle & Joint Clinic

Our Clinic uses silicone cups

Cupping therapy is an evidence-based form of myofascial release that top-rated chiropractors utilize. Our ability to determine when cupping is and is not appropriate for a patient is what sets Midwest Muscle & Joint Clinic apart from many other chiropractors & physical therapists in Lawrence, KS. Through our thorough assessments, we can determine when and what therapies will be most beneficial for each individual patient, ultimately creating the most effective treatment. At Midwest Muscle & Joint Clinic, we not only use cupping therapy as passive care but we also complement cupping therapy with physical rehabilitation.

How Cupping Therapy Works?

Using silicone cups, the goal of cupping is to create suction in order to facilitate the release of tension out of overactive and tight muscles. When the cups create suction, a vacuum-effect takes place underneath the skin. Cupping is different than Active Release Technique® and other soft tissue therapies due to being decompressive in nature rather than applying compressive forces to muscles. You may notice that we often perform both decompressive and compressive therapies on an area when we are treating a condition.

What does Cupping Therapy treat?

Cupping can be used to treat a large variety of musculoskeletal conditions. We typically use it in combination with chiropractic adjustments and other manual therapy protocols (Massage Therapies, Dry Needling, etc.). Cupping assists in treating:

  • Headaches
  • Low Back Pain
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Disc Injuries & Radiating Symptoms
  • Postural Abnormalities
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Mobility & Stability Problems
  • Sports Injuries


“Does insurance cover cupping?”

Yes! - That is if the physicians deem it as medically necessary. For recovery and performance services, give us a call to discuss payment options.

“Does cupping hurt?”

Nope! - The doctors will likely put you through active range of motion with the cups on and, if anything, may elicit a “hurts-so-good” pain response.

“Will cupping leave a mark?”

Yes, it typically leaves a non-painful bruise that is gone within a few days.