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Cupping Therapy To Relieve Pain – Paradox Wellness In Greensboro, North Carolina

Since I grew up in Asia, I’m sure no one is surprised that I’m open to trying Eastern medicine-based therapies like cupping.   I’ve had some severe shoulder and neck pain this past week that restricted my range of motion and didn’t seem to be improving with stretching and heat.   I knew Michael Phelps had used cupping during the Olympics for recovery, and I’ve also had several friends share their positive experiences about how cupping helped relieve chronic pain, so I thought it was worth a shot.

tourists at forbidden temple

 What exactly is cupping therapy and what does it do? 

Basically, glass cups that are shaped like fat light bulbs are placed on the problematic areas on your body using heat to suction them in place and draw blood to the area.  It is thought that this helps to loosen the muscles, release toxins, reduce soreness and speed up the healing process.  I made an appointment with Heather of Paradox Wellness here in Greensboro and was so thankful she had availability the very next day.   When I arrived, I was greeted by her assistant Jasmine  (the sweetest fur baby pictured below).


Heather made me feel at ease as we discussed the pain I’d been having and my history of injuries.  She explained what cupping would entail and what to expect afterward.  I also learned that she performs cupping after her acupuncture treatments since they are complementary therapies that work best together.


Her office was full of essential oils and many options for Chinese herbal remedies as well.  TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine.  She uses the Chinese herbs in conjunction with the acupuncture and cupping as part of a holistic treatment plan.  You can see the cups she uses on the middle shelf.


Once I got set up on the massage table, she started applying the cups to my shoulders, back and neck and she noted there was a color difference in the area where I was having more pain. The Chinese theory is that the more blood stagnation that exists in an area, the more bruising that will occur in the area that was cupped.  I was worried it would be painful, but I didn’t find it to be uncomfortable, just strong pressure.  She moved them every minute or so and eventually cupped my whole back.  After the treatment was done, she instructed me to drink plenty of water and to take an Epsom salt or Magnesium Chloride float if possible.  I knew the bruises would be highly visible, but when I got home and showed my husband, his response was “did you get attacked by an octopus?!?”  Haha.  It looks like either that or a polka dot tattoo. Purple is in this season, right?


The day after the treatment, I felt a little sore and quite exhausted at first.  All I wanted to do was sleep in the morning, but in the afternoon, my energy came back in a strong way and I was suddenly very motivated to get a lot of things done!   The range of motion in my neck and pain in my shoulder improved somewhat as well, so for me, it was an effective treatment, and at only $35, much cheaper than a massage.   I’m already looking forward to going back to Heather to try acupuncture and additional cupping to compound the healing effects.

Thanks for reading about my first adventure into the alternative therapy realm.  Before you leave, let me know below if you’ve tried cupping or anything similar.  If you’re curious about trying it, I’d recommend doing so in cold weather so your bruises won’t be on display during beach season.


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10 thoughts on “Cupping Therapy To Relieve Pain – Paradox Wellness In Greensboro, North Carolina

  1. Wow! I have always found cupping interesting. I had no idea that someone right here in Greensboro offered this service. Thank you for sharing your experience! I will keep this in mind because I do experience lower back pain at times.

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  2. I’ve always wanted to try this, but have been a little nervous. Thank you for sharing!! Glad to hear you had a good experience. I am looking forward to your post about acupuncture when you try i!!

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