Cupping therapy is a form of alternative therapy, which dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and middle Eastern cultures.
During cupping therapy practitioner applies glass, bamboo or silicone cups to the skin for a few minutes to create suction.
Dry Cupping helps aid soft tissue injuries and reduce pain or discomfort by:
Increasing localised circulation,
Increasing oxygenation and nutrient content within the tissue,
Removing stagnant blood and waste products,
Re-initiating the healing process to micro-trauma,
Stretches fascia and connective tissue, which leads to a relaxation response.
The application of cups can be used to treat a variety of conditions such as:
muscle pain and tension,
Reduced joint movement,
Back pain and sciatica,
stress and anxiety.
MYOFASCIAL CUPPING MASSAGE is a modified version of the ancient Eastern style Cupping.
It differs by specifically targeting the Musculo-Skeletal system rather than the meridian systems used by traditional Chinese practitioners. It also ONLY uses plastic cups and vacuum suction and not glass cups and a naked flame to create suction.
A hand operated vacuum pump is used to induce a vacuum inside a cylinder sealed to the skin by the use of oil or cream. The vacuum 'draws' the soft tissue perpendicular to the skin thus providing a tensile force to the soft tissue system, which can be left in one site for a prolonged period or moved along the tissue.
Cupping can be done on any part of the body that has enough skin to support the cups.
Gliding and stationary movements are the two main types of myofascial cupping techniques.
A topical liniment or ointment is rubbed on the skin and the cups are guided gently across treatment areas.
Stationary cupping happens when one or more cups are attached to the treatment zone for approximately 5-10 minutes