Myofascial Cupping Therapy

What Is Myofascial Cupping Therapy

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.   

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.