Cupping can be used to relieve musculoskeletal pain and tension, nerve and fascial entrapment, and fascial adhesions.
There are many theories as to how cups actually create results. The most likely possibilities are that there is a calming affect on the nervous system, a circulatory response and change to the resting tone of muscle tissue.
Scientifically proven results of cupping therapy include decrease in client’s perception of pain/disability and increases in range of motion when there is a restriction present. These are the benefits that have evidence behind them. Everything else is guesswork.
Cupping therapies use various methods to remove the air in containers to form a negative pressure, which makes the cups attach on the skin. Most often the sensation is enjoyable, relaxing, and likened to that of a deep tissue massage.
There are three main types of cups:
We use silicone cups for manual cupping therapy. Our methods include a combination of static, dynamic, flash and glide. Breaking it down, sometimes we set the cups and leave them, sometimes we move them around.
To avoid hurting your skin, it is important that the stronger the suction and pulling force is, the less the retention time should be.
If cups are left on long enough to overfill the capillary bed, capillaries start to rupture, which leads to hematoma in the skin and the resulting marks/bruising that are common in cupping therapy. This is not an increase in circulation, but rather a diversion of blood to the capillaries in the tissue near to the cup.
If the capillaries start to break, the argument can be made that the technique is decreasing circulation because blood is being taken out of circulation. The body, of course, can adapt to this easily, as the amount of hematoma is relatively small and will usually go away within 7 days.
There are 3 ways that cupping leaves an impression on your tissue.
Cupping marks are not bruises because:
Cupping is recommended if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
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