What is Cupping Therapy
Current vacuum therapies are modernized versions of ancient tools and possess the benefits of traditional use, along with many incredible new applications. This therapy utilizes glass, plastic, or silicone cups along with negative pressure to create suction on the body tissue. These cups are moved over the skin using a variety of techniques while gently pulling up on the cup, or can be left stationary for a short time to facilitate joint mobilizations and soft tissue release. This suction can reach deep into the soft tissue or more superficially by adjusting the vacuum level.
One of the most amazing aspects of this technique is the lifting and separation that the vacuum produces in the tissue layers. This creates space and enables water absorption and renewed blood flow to undernourished and dehydrated tissue. The use of suction, or negative pressure, is invaluable in releasing soft tissue, scars, and restricted fascia. Cupping Therapy can reach deeper layers of tissue without the extensive compressive forces of traditional massage and can work into those deeper layers faster and more effectively than traditional massage. It is a wonderful modality and can be blended with other types of massage to achieve excellent results.
Pain Reduction, Improved Joint Mobilization, Improved Lymph Flow, Releasing Tight/Contracted Muscle Tissue, Nervous System Sedation, and Myofascial Release.
Conditions that respond well include:
Poor Circulation, Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Migraine & Tension Headaches, TMJ Disorders, Athletic Stress & Injury, Muscular Adhesions, Restricted Fascia, and Muscular Aches & Pain.
Everyone’s body is different, and as such, everyone reacts differently to treatment. Here are some possible reactions that can occur with Cupping Therapy:
Skin Discoloration: Discoloration due to old, dried blood and cellular debris being brought to the surface that was previously trapped in the muscle tissue. Some discoloration may also come from blood leakage in the superficial capillaries due to temporary dilation. While these discolorations may appear as bruises, they are not. Bruises are the result of a blunt force trauma and are usually painful. Cupping marks/discolorations may be tender, similar to post workout soreness or deep tissue therapy, but are not painful. These discolorations fade over the course of a few hours or up to a few days.
Post Treatment Tenderness: Usually less than what is experienced from traditional Deep Tissue/Neuromuscular Therapy. Some clients have described the tenderness as feeling similar to post-workout soreness.
Redness and Itching: Due to the increased vasodilation, temporary histamine reaction, and/or inflammation brought to the surface.
Decreased Blood Pressure: Due to vasodilation and nervous system sedation.
Other Possible Reactions Include Increased or Decreased: Appetite/Thirst, Sweating/Chills, Elimination of bodily solids and/or fluids.
Post Treatment Care
• Avoid exposure to excessive heat or cold for at least 4-6 hours after treatment. This includes very hot/cold showers or baths, steam therapy, saunas, and hot tubs.
• Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 4-6 hours after treatment.
• If essential oils were used during treatment, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun for 24 hours and until you have thoroughly cleansed the excess surface oils from your skin.
• Stay well hydrated, especially for the first 72 hours following your treatment.