What is Cupping?

fullsizerenderMyofascial Cupping, as it’s technical term, is a technique that uses negative pressure to create a suctioning effect to lift tissue. The tissue can then be moved/rolled across the body by the therapist to decompress underlying tissue.

Cupping dates back to ancient Greece and is common practice in traditional Chinese medicine.

How does it work?

  • Softens tight muscles and tone attachments
  • Loosens adhesions and lifts connective tissue
  • Brings hydration and blood flow to body tissues
  • Increases fluid movement which assists in recovery (i.e. decreased edema)
    • Increases nutrient-rich blood supply to injured area

What is it used for?

Poor Circulation
Low Back Pain
Chronic Pain
Muscular Aches
Pre- & Post-Operative Conditions
Myofascial pain syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Migraine & Tension Headache
ITB Syndrome
TMJ Dysfunction
Athletic Stress & Injury
Plantar Fasciitis
Scars & Adhesions

  • Cupping used as an adjunctive treatment combined with therapeutic exercises and manual work to maximize effect
    • Modified through a range of techniques, from lymphatic drainage to deep tissue release
    • Complements many health modalities such as medical massage and physical therapy

Side effects:

  • Some patients might experience slight discomfort or a tugging sensation when the skin is pulled up by suction
  • Patients may notice a circular bruise or redness
    • As the result of the skin being tugged upwards, sometimes capillaries under the surface of the skin tend to expand after the cup is removed, drawing blood toward the surface of the skin.



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