Myofascial cupping is a soft tissue therapy that encourages healing by creating a negative pressure or suction on the skin using plastic or glass cups that pull up underlying tissues, blood, and other fluids close to the surface of the skin.
What are the cups doing:
Creating space to improve blood flow and to separate the layers of skin/fascia for them to slide and glide better. This mechanical effect decompresses stressed and taut fascia to relieve and improve mobility for our biggest organ (fascia/skin).
Why might there be bruising?
Bruising occurs due stagnation of the blood, meaning blood gets stuck in the muscles that are not contracting and relaxing properly. Blood looses and gives oxygen to tissue and muscles throughout our system. When a spot appears with a dark bruise from cupping, it shows us where to target more soft tissue massage to help the tissue better contract and relax – promoting better blood flow and less bruising on your next cupping treatment!
1. Decrease Pain
2. Promotes Healing by bringing good nutrient rich blood flow to region
3. Improves ROM
4. Improves mobility of fascia, interstitum & scar tissue
5. Provides neuro-sensory stimulation
1. Over open wounds, rashes, & fragile skin
2. Large Blood Vessels
3. History of blood disorders or blood vessel disorders
6. Severe Systemic Issues ( CHF, Renal Failure, Etc.)
Rock Tape cups have shown it can affect a range of 6mm – 9mm deep of fascia/tissue (or approx. 1/4-1/3 inch deep).
Ways to use the Cups:
1. Flash Cupping
2. Static Cupping
A. With Movement
B. Without Movement
3. Massage Cupping
C. Vertical/Diagonal vectors
Typical Treatment Session with Cupping:
Once you find an area of concern that has been described above, we place the cups on the area to perform one of the ways listed that the cups can be used. Cupping uses a combination of techniques to lift, separate, and stretch the tissue, muscle, and fascia. It works over various areas of the body. The spots that are harder to treat are closer to boney regions of the body that have smaller amounts of tissue.
After treatment to an area, icing is recommended to help the bruising. Drinking plenty of water will also help the skin re-hydrate and heal.