Who Can Perform Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy can be performed by a variety of healthcare professionals, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners. These practitioners typically receive specialized training in cupping therapy and are licensed or certified to perform the procedure.
In the US, acupuncturists, chiropractors and massage therapists are licensed by the state in which they practice, and physical therapists are licensed by the state boards of physical therapy. In addition, many states have specific regulations regarding the use of cupping therapy by these practitioners.
It’s important to note that while cupping is considered to be safe when performed by a trained practitioner, it should not be self-administered, as it can lead to injury if not performed correctly.
It’s also important to mention that the efficacy of cupping therapy is not widely accepted by the scientific community and it is not covered by most insurance plans. Therefore it is recommended to consult with your primary care physician before undergoing any cupping therapy.