What is cupping/myofascial decompression therapy?
- Cupping therapy is an ancient technique of healing, used as early as 1550 BC in ancient Egypt, China. The ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, compiled an extensive description of the cupping application.
- Cupping/MFD uses a negative pressure force via suction cups, either plastic or silicone, to lift the underlying tissues. This action will create a space within all of the different layers of skin/tissue to improve mobility that has been restricted from trauma, surgery, or general overuse, and many other forms of conditions.
- There are many forms of manual therapy we perform at our clinic, such as graston, IASTM, myofascial release, and even joint mobilizations. Although all of these forms are compressive forms of therapy, cupping is a form of decompressive therapy, unweighting the various layers of skin and muscle to promote circulation, healing, and even pain relief. The decompression also helps relieve tight tissues/muscles, increase circulation to reduce trigger points in the muscles, improve blood flow for nutrient exchange to the affected tissues.
- There are various ways to administer cupping therapy, there is the traditional cupping and also myofascial decompression, or MFD. Traditional cupping, which is what you may have heard of, uses the ‘fire’ method or ‘wet’ cupping which involves the use of a scalpel/blade to make little incisions to drain the blood. MFD, which is a form of ‘dry’ cupping, is what we perform at Jaded Body Wellness & Spine Institute, which involves the static and dynamic movement of cups. Cups are placed based off muscular anatomy, which our doctors have advanced training in, in order to effectively treat the presenting conditions to improve your quality of life.
Benefits of cupping/myofascial decompression therapy?
- Increase blood flow
- Decrease myofascial trigger points
- Improves scar mobility
- Releases tissue adhesions
- Speeds up recovery
- Improves range of motion/movement quality
- Decreases pain
- Improved fluid/nutrient exchange
What conditions can be treated with cupping/myofascial decompression therapy?
- Orthopedic conditions
- Scar adhesions
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- IT Band Syndrome
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Headaches and Migraines
- Decreased range of motion
- Postural issues
- Post surgical recovery
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Most joint/muscle conditions
- And many more
Potential side effects?
The main/common side effect seen, is the bruising which is the dark circles that form where the cupping was placed, which can last anywhere from 3-7 days.
What the dark circles/bruises mean?
You can potentially see some bruising, everyone responds differently, some may see a lot of bruising, others may not see anything. Although, it is not necessary to visually see bruising.
Cupping Overview - Research
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