Cupping Therapy is now offered in our Veterans Memorial Hospital Massage Therapy department.  It has been said that 5 minutes of cupping is the equivalent of 30 minutes of deep tissue massage.  Cupping Therapy uses air suction rather than tissue compression. By creating suction, cupping therapy lifts connective tissue, releases rigid tissue, and loosens adhesions.  When doing this, stagnation waste product and toxins are brought to skin level where it can be easily flushed out of the body via the lymphatic and circulatory system.

Pictured is Shannen Mezera, licensed massage therapist at Veterans Memorial Hospital, demonstrating the new cupping therapy that is now being offered with 60 and 90 minute massages. Shannen states, “It has been said that 5 minutes of cupping is the equivalent of 30 minutes of deep tissue massage.”  

Many may remember the famous marks Michael Phelps had on his back during the Summer Olympic Games.  This was from his cupping treatments.

            Because cupping therapy uses suction you will normally see marks where the treatment was given. The marks you may see from treatment are not bruises and should not be painful to the touch.   They are metabolic waste, toxins, and other stagnant material that have been freed from the underlying tissue and brought to the surface where they can be more easily flushed away.  The marks may last from hours up to 3 weeks.  You should try to avoid using any essential oils or fragranced lotions on the marks immediately after your treatment.  Before receiving another cupping treatment, be sure the marks and any deep muscle soreness from your previous treatment are gone. 

Cupping therapy is offered in 60 minute or 90 minute sessions.  The cups are used 15-20 minutes during these sessions, with the remaining time used for pre-assessment and massage.

Cupping therapy is not recommended if you have or are experiencing any of the following: Fever or illness, bleeding disorders or are taking blood thinners, Psoriasis or other skin conditions, edema or varicose veins on the area being worked, Leukemia, skin lesions on area being worked, dislocations or broken bones or pregnancy.

For additional questions or to make an appointment, please call the Veterans Memorial Hospital Massage Therapy Department at 563-568-3411.

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Veterans Memorial Hospital enhances the lives of those we serve by providing an exceptional healthcare experience with compassion.

Veterans Memorial Hospital


40 First St SE

Waukon, IA  52172

Veterans Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital located in Waukon, a rural community in the very northeast corner of Iowa.

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Veterans Memorial Hospital will be a premier health facility and a leader in fostering a healthy community through innovation, excellence, stewardship, and commitment to the people we serve throughout their lifetime.

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