What is a Myofascial Cupping Massage?

January 24, 2019

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

  • Young children

  • Recent operation

  • Heart problems

  • 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.

 

 

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