Myofascial Cupping is a modified version of the ancient Eastern style cupping, which uses plastic cups and vacuum suction to draw soft tissue allowing increased blood flow and nutrients into the area.
What conditions can Myofascial Cupping help with?
Musculoskeletal pain and injuries
Sporting injuries, especial ITB Syndrome and Plantar Fasciitis
Chronic neck & back pain
Muscle imbalances and tightness
Benefits of Myofascial Cupping:
Increases nutrient rich blood supply to injured area
Increases fluid movement with assistants in recovery
Create a negative (tensional) pressure which passively stretches Myofascial tissue, resulting in increased ROM (range of motion)
Assists in reduction of localised inflammation
Breaks up and exiles congestion
Ideal for those whom the insertion of needles in acupuncture treatment causes problems.
Is Myofascial Cupping Safe?
For most people yes, however there are some contraindications that may prevent the use of Mysofascial Cupping:
History of vascular disease such a DVT or Varicose veins
Pregnant women on lower abdominal region and back
Any internal or external bleeding
Open wounds, sensitive or fragile skin
Blood thinning medication
What is Fascia?
Simply put, fascia is the body’s connective tissue. It is a head to toe, inside to out, all encompassing and interwoven system of fibrous connective tissue found throughout the body.
Your fascia provides a framework that helps support and protect individual muscle groups, organs and the entire body as a unit.
You can imagine your skin is like the rind of an orange. So, if your skin is the outer layer, the thicker, white, fibrous layer that lies underneath the peel would be your fascia.
If the fascia is tight it limits the functionality of the muscles that lie below the surrounding area. The muscles are unable to contract and relax optimally so we look at stretching the connective tissue with vacuum pump and cups to allow the soft tissue below to move and stretch.