What is cupping?

Firstly some history

This ancient method of soft-tissue intervention has been traced back to one of oldest medical textbooks in history, The Ebers Papyrus, written in 1550 BC, which describes Egyptians’ use of cupping techniques.

It has been used in cultures around the world for centuries, as a means of therapeutic and medical intervention.

Cupping Therapy

Practitioners of cupping know that cupping therapy may help relieve pain, improve circulation, dispel stagnant blood and lymph and improve energetic flow.

Deeply rooted in ancient practices often tied to religious beliefs, cupping has been mostly viewed as the “red-headed stepchild with no scientific validity” in the eyes of modern, Western medical science for, well, pretty much ever.

However, with the medical lens broadening to consider fascial and neuroanatomy of the dermal and fascial subsystem, the cup may actually be looking half full versus half empty.

As a soft tissue therapist, we’re are education with modalities and techniques that promise to leave our clients moving and feeling better. Cupping techniques are no exception — so why should cupping be something you would even consider having as a treatment?

My choice of cup is RockPods, an easy to use hygienic medical grade silicone cups, which offer different levels of suction. They promote decompression and internal/external glide of tissues.

The negative pressure can be seen to lift the skin therefore having a mechanical effect on the underlying tissues, the negative pressure change also has vacuum effect on the  fluids creating diffusion and osmosis.

The sensation of cupping also as an effect on the nervous system providing a sensory  stimulus that can reduce pain and improve proprioception.

2 key physiological events Diapedesis and Ecchymosis
Diapedesis is a passage of blood cells through the capillaries.
Ecchymosis refers to the discolouration of the skin, resulting from capillary leakage underneath the skin.

These cellular events can produce anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neuromodulation enzymes, all positives to the healing process

Rockpods with MovementIMG_1643

RockPods can be used to support movement re-education. 

By leaving the RockPods in place while going through active or passive ranges of motion, we can impart both neural and tangible affect to the fascial layers—and to the brain attached to them!

This method of treatment can improve pain modulation during movement, internal and external fascial glide, and proprioceptive experience, while training new movement patterns. Clients can move freely during their session while still receiving functional treatment.

What is  the cause of the red circular marks?

The negative pressure cause release of blood under the skin, this can cause colour changes but unlike a bruise soft tissue damage from acute trauma is not the cause. They will not be tender or sore. The marks could last up to week, but more likely a couple of days.

Why not get in touch for a treatment and find out for yourself. I use the cups as part of the Soft Tissue treatment, along with other techniques.





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