When most people think of cupping, they think back to the Rio Summer Olympics, when Michael Phelps stepped out on the pool deck with pepperoni-like bruises on the back of his shoulders. Cupping is a therapeutic modality that’s been around for thousands of years. It has been known to be used across ancient Egypt, Eastern Europe and China.
How Does Cupping Work?
A plastic, glass or silicone cup is applied, which uses negative pressure to lift tissues. The distraction technique is known to aid circulation, ease tension in muscles and connective tissue, improve range of motion and reduce pain. It is often used in conjunction with massage therapy, physiotherapy or chiropractic treatments.
Types of Cupping Techniques
The cups are placed on the body and suction is applied. The cups stay in the same position for a certain amount of time for desired results. This creates a circular bruise.
For fascial restrictions, the cups can be dynamically moved over the tissue. Less likely to create a bruise but may create redness.
If there is a loss of range, the client can have static cups applied and actively move their limb to improve range of motion at a joint.
While it’s common to see some reddening of the skin after treatment, it’s not a cause for concern.
Who Should Not Have Cupping?
Anyone with poor skin integrity, open wounds, diseases that compromise circulation, suffering from cancer or are on blood thinners are not advised to try this therapy.
Our professionals at Rebalance all utilize cupping as a modality in therapeutic treatments of soft tissue/joint restriction. Contact us today, to book your appointment and try this amazing therapeutic treatment out today!