One of the best techniques to decrease pain

Instantly Relieve Muscle Tension
With Cupping Therapy

With just one visit, cupping therapy can change the way you move. You'll feel your muscles relaxed, mobility increase, and a sense of lightness with your stress melted away. Our Certified Cupping Therapist personalizes each cupping therapy session to meet your needs. Using a wide range of cupping therapy styles, you'll get to experience all of the benefits of cupping therapy, including pain relief and improved recovery.

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About East West Wellness & Rehab

East West Wellness & Rehab was founded by our licensed physical therapist, Dr. Katherin Duong, as a way to bridge the gap in our current healthcare system and provide quality care to patients. Growing up with traditional Chinese medicine and experiencing the benefits of Eastern medicine firsthand, she wanted to combine the practice with her knowledge and clinical expertise as a physical therapist to give patients greater options in their healing journey. She provides a contemporary healing experience, focusing on not only the physical aspects of health, but also the connections it has with mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

East West Wellness & Rehab offers physical therapy, cupping therapy, dry needling, and personal training services. Every session is one-on-one with our licensed physical therapist, allowing us to understand your specific goals and tailor your wellness + rehab program to fit your lifestyle. Along with the personalized visits, our comprehensive care utilizing holistic modalities and patient-collaborative care helps you achieve amazing results in a shorter period of time.

Our team has worked with people of all ages and varying injuries, getting them long-lasting results. We specialize in cupping therapy, dry needling, and treating back pain, but have extensive experience with return-to-sport athletes, knee pain, ankle sprains, shoulder injuries, headaches, chronic pain conditions, and much more.

Our goal is always to help you move better, feel better, and function better. We are passionate about patient education and empowering individuals to take an active role in their healing process to achieve optimal wellbeing.

Our office is located on Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, VA and is easily accessible to the people of Alexandria, Springfield, Lorton, Kingstowne, Franconia, Burke, Annandale, and Merrifield.

For greater convenience, we also offer in-home, mobile services to those residing in Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County

8 Benefits of Cupping Therapy
with East West Wellness & Rehab

Decrease muscle tightness

Cupping therapy decreases muscle tightness by enhancing circulation and relaxing the targeted muscles. It uses suction to decompress the tissue and break up adhesions to release muscle tension.

Stimulates blood flow + promotes healing

Through the created suction, blood flow improves, leading to better oxygenation and nutrient delivery to tissues. This stimulates the healing process and is a natural and effective way to address injuries such as joint pain, muscle spasms, ankle sprains, and tendonitis

Relieves pain

Cupping is a non-invasive, healing modality that can decrease pain for conditions such as headaches, back pain, tennis elbow, and knee pain. A great alternative to medications and massages for a pain-free life.

Improved sleep

Cupping stimulates the peripheral nervous system for improved quality of sleep. It can help with a range of health issues including anxiety, stress, depression, and insomnia to provide better sleep.

Increased flexibility

By releasing muscle tension, cupping therapy is able to increase range of motion for greater flexibility. It enhances recovery and allows you to return to activities without limitations.

Removes toxins

Cupping therapy uses suction to promote dilation of capillaries. It helps to loosen and release toxins and waste products from past injuries and heavy workouts.

Increase energy (qi)

In traditional Chinese medicine, cupping helps stimulate and balance the body’s energy (qi) by clearing energy blockages in the meridian pathways. Improving energy flow in the body allows for decreased pain and feelings of heaviness.

Decreases myofascial pain

Myofascial tissue is a thin, strong, fibrous tissue that surrounds muscles and bones that can result in pain and soreness if too tight. Suction from cupping helps decrease myofascial tightness, and is especially helpful on scars.

Meet The Therapist

Dr. Kathy Duong

Owner, Physical Therapist
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Choose Cupping Therapy with East West

Common Conditions We Can Treat
with Cupping Therapy

While cupping therapy can look scary and intimidating, it is one of the safest and effective modalities to help relieve pain, decrease muscle tightness, and improve flexibility. This popular Eastern manual therapy treatment is becoming more and more popular in Western medicine due to its immediate results, non-invasiveness, and minimal side effects.

One of the benefits of cupping therapy includes detoxification. The suction can cause toxins and waste products from past injuries to arise, resulting in light red to purple marks. The darker the color, the greater amount of muscle stagnation in the region. By releasing the toxins and opening up the capillaries, cupping therapy stimulates blood flow and new nutrients to help the muscles and joints heal for a quicker recovery. As for the marks, your body clears it out fairly quickly! You can expect the marks to be gone within a few days to a week.

Cupping therapy is especially great to help recover from a tough workout, decrease poor posture with a desk job, and to relax from a busy, stressful day. Cupping therapy is versatile and beneficial for people of all ages and conditions - we recommend trying it out for yourself!

Neck and shoulder pain
Back pain
Knee injuries
Tennis and Golfer's elbow
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome
Tendinitis and bursitis

Inside Look

What to Expect During A Cupping Visit
at East West Wellness & Rehab

While our cupping therapy sessions follows this basic outline, each visit is unique to the patients' goals and specific body parts that gets worked on. Our Certified Cupping Therapist will guide you every step of the way: explaining the benefits, what to expect with the different cupping techniques, and post-cupping protocol. Each cupping therapy session is personalized, with the ability to adjust the amount of suction according to the patient’s tolerance.

Review Cupping Styles + Areas of Focus (5 min)
Massage Cupping (20-30 min)
Vacuum Suction Cupping + Myofascial Stretch (20-30 min)
Lymphatic Drainage (2 min)
Review Post-Cupping Protocol (3 min)


I truly appreciate her focus of 1-on-1 client sessions where I don’t get passed off and treated as a checklist.
As someone who’s had multiple knee surgeries and other injuries, I haven’t had a physical therapist that’s as personable as Dr. Kathy Duong. I truly appreciate her focus of 1-on-1 client sessions where I don’t get passed off and treated as a checklist. It shows how much she cares about her client’s recovery progress. I recently came in for cupping on my back, and she did wonders releasing some tension. Looking forward to future sessions with her!
- Jacob Atienza
Definitely felt instant relief and cannot wait to schedule my next session for my legs!
As someone who is active in the gym for 8 years and has tried multiple outlets for recovery, Kathy went above and beyond! She found all the deep muscle knots and areas where I felt tight! Definitely felt instant relief and cannot wait to schedule my next session for my legs!
- Souren Mokhsijerjian
I felt immediate relief and had increased range of motion right after the session.
Amazing experience! This was my first cupping therapy ever and I was extremely pleased. Kathy was incredible, professional, and super knowledgeable throughout the entire process. From the initial introductory cupping QA session which we had over video call to post-cupping therapy session where Kathy was texting us to see how we felt the following day, the entire experience was remarkable and felt personalized and tailored to our individual needs. I felt immediate relief and had increased range of motion right after the session and would continue with cupping therapy from here on out.
- Sejal Mendpara

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Have Questions About Cupping Therapy?

For cupping therapy, you do not need a doctor's referral. Cupping therapy is similar to a massage, meaning you can book whenever you are ready and in need of a relaxing, self-care day.
Cupping therapy is considered a preventative and wellness service, which is usually not covered by insurance plans. However, payment may be accepted with HSA (Health Savings Account) or FSA (Flexible Spending Account).
Cupping therapy is versatile and beneficial for people of all ages and conditions. It can treat conditions such as arthritis, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, knee pain, Achilles Tendonitis, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Golfer's Elbow, Tennis Elbow, headaches, and much more!
Cupping therapy is beneficial for people of all ages. However for kids, cupping sessions will be shorter in duration to minimize soreness side effects. Contraindications to cupping therapy include recent tears or ruptures, acute injuries, recent surgical incisions, active cancer or undergoing cancer treatment, varicose veins, DVT, skin conditions, seizures, anemia, pacemaker, history of strokes, and more. If you have any questions, feel free to consult with our Certified Cupping Therapist to learn if cupping therapy is indicated for your current symptoms and condition. We may be able to recommend other manual therapy treatments that may be more effective to what you're experiencing.
To best prepare for your cupping therapy session, be sure to complete the required cupping therapy forms online, which can be found in your email. Make sure to hydrate and have a small meal at least 30 minutes before your appointment. We also recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing to allow us to easily access the expected cupping region. For example, if you are expecting to get cupping therapy on your legs, please wear shorts. Lastly, cupping marks may arise by the end of your session that can last from a few hours to a week. If you have any important upcoming events (example: photoshoot, wedding, etc.) that you would not want the cupping marks to be shown, please wait until after the event to schedule a cupping therapy session.

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