Contraindications To Cupping Therapy

(Do Not Perform)

-Cupping is contraindicated in cases of severe diseases, such as cardiac failure, renal failure, ascites, and severe edema, as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic pupura, hemophilia and leukemia, and clients with dermatosis, destruction of skin, or allergic dermatitis.

-Cupping should not be applied on an area where a hernia (bulging of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening) exists or has occurred in the past.

*For pregnant women, work on the lower abdomen, inner side of the leg and sacral (tail bone) region should be avoided. Also, if you have never received a cupping treatment, you should wait until the 2nd trimester to receive your first treatment.

*If you are unsure whether or not a condition you have may be contraindicated, please first consult your doctor.

Other Contraindications:

  • Broken Bones

  • Dislocation of a Joint

  • Slipped, Herniated, or Prolapsed Discs

  • Individuals undergoing cancer treatments such as radiation or chemo (Check with Doctor)

  • Sunburn

  • Ruptured, Ulcerated, Inflamed Skin

  • Fever


  • Bleeding Disorders

  • Acute stages of Psoriasis, Eczema, or Rosacea


Cupping Therapy affects the body the same as a deep tissue massage.  You may experience Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness that will be aching similar to the effects of a long, hard work out.  However, the feel of cupping is not as intense as deep tissue massage. Thanks to the nature of negative pressure therapy, the work is deep without being painful, although occasionally it can be uncomfortable.  Remember to check in with your therapist to make sure the therapy is within your personal comfort level.

If you are on blood thinners, are a hemophiliac, diabetic, or have high or low blood pressure, shorter, lighter techniques are recommended and must be used for your overall wellness. Those with low blood pressure should warn the therapist ahead of time as you'll need extra time to rest before rising after a treatment and accommodations will need to be made.

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