Have you noticed athletes with circle-shaped bruises and wondered what caused them? Well, it’s a form of recovery treatment called Myofascial Cupping Therapy. Myofascial Cupping Therapy is a Chinese treatment that has been used for generations, however, it’s recently made its way into the spotlight with more celebrities and athletes adopting the practice.
What Is It?
Myofascial Cupping is a soft tissue therapy that involves heating cups and placing them onto the skin to create suction, lifting the underlying fascia tissue and muscles. As the suction helps promote blood circulation and the activation of the lymphatic system, it can move deep inflammation to the skin surface to release and drain excess fluid and toxins in the muscles. This suction further helps promote blood circulation and the activation of the lymphatic system.
Myofascial Cupping is commonly performed to treat muscle aches and pains, tightness, sprains, injuries to soft tissues and other conditions.
Myofascial Cupping aims to relieve muscle tension by activating blood flow, but it also provides a range of other benefits including:
· Relieve deep muscular tissue and reduce muscle spasms.
· Lift and stretch soft tissue to separate fascial restrictions.
· Increase range of movement and flexibility in joints.
· Circulate lactic acid and metabolic waste to promote healthy circulation.
Studies have shown that Cupping can be effective in treating neck and shoulder pain, headaches, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, scar tightness and more.
Does It Hurt?
As every client is different, Cupping therapy depends on your level of sensitivity and the muscle area. While Cupping may appear to look painful after treatment, when performed correctly, it can be quite relaxing. Its warm sensation and rolling feeling allow the skin to lift and target the underneath facia.
Here at Progressive Physio, our team uses Cupping on a range of clients for their rehabilitation and recovery. We’re able to assess and determine if Cupping is an effective treatment for your rehabilitation.