How is cupping performed?
Myofascial Distraction using Cupping Techniques is directed at the muscular and fascial system of the body. A cup is attached to a hand operated suction pump and this cup is applied on the skin. The negative pressure exerted by the suction of the cup increases flexibility in the tissues. Then, the cups are glided across different areas to lift and separate tissue. Myofascial cupping attracts blood to the affected area that brings the essential nutrients to assist in healing.
What does it help?
Pain generated from the back, neck, and strained muscles are often reduced with the use cupping. Some patients with myofascial pain report resolution of pain after just one session.
How was it discovered?
Cupping originates in Eastern medicine and has been performed with various techniques for thousands of years. It has been more popularized in Western practices since the 2016 Olympics when athletes were competing with large circular bruises, creating increased interest within athletic performance, recovery, and rehabilitation.