Updated: Jul 20, 2022
What is Cupping?
Cupping is an ancient form of therapy where a therapist places specialized cups on the skin and uses a suction tool to remove air and create a negative pressure within the cups, this pulls the skin and soft tissue into the cups. At this point the therapist has a few options including static placement for a few seconds up to several minutes, or movement with the cups as well as incorporating passive/active movement to stretch the tissue.
Benefits of Cupping
Cupping increases blood circulation to the skin and surrounding tissue, stimulates lymphatic drainage, improves the function of sebaceous glands and sweat glands, increases the secretion of synovial fluid within joints, improves healing aka function of red & white blood cells and stimulates the skin's sensory nerves alongside the autonomic nervous system (our bodies fight or flight response). Separates and manipulate the fascia, alleviates muscle tension and promotes new connective tissue growth, loosens mucous when applied over the lungs, helps decompress spinal joints by moving fresh blood and lymph into facially restricted joints.
Conditions that can be helped by Cupping Therapy
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Tendonitis, Tenosynovitis, Tendonosis
- Patellofemoral Syndrome
- IT Band Issues
- Adhesive Capsulitis, Frozen Shoulder
- Bronchitis, Asthma, COPD - Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Compartment Syndrome
And Many More!