Cupping has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. Just like dry needling acupuncture and yoga. It’s been round for thousands of years right. So, in my opinion there must be something to it…
Do I use it …. YES
Have my patients experienced improvement with appropriate application… HELL YES
Does it work for everyone….? YEAH NAH
How does it work?
There is a lack of science behind how it works, so this is really just my educated opinion
Based on the principle that motion is lotion and the body loves to move
When things get stuck and restricted – the brain sends pain signals and inflammation and pain starts
The cups create a vacuum which lifts the tissue (muscle and connective tissue) creating space, a potential change in tissue pressure and may help these layers of muscle and connective tissue space move to breathe, slide a bit better and release tension
Types of cupping
Static cupping applied with suction or heat
Cupping with movement therapy
Will it be painful?
The static cupping is not painful at all
Sliding cupping we’ll that’s uncomfortable but super effective for tight leg muscles
Why the dark circles
Changes in blood flow, tissue metabolites pressure and suction will effect superficial blood vessels or capillaries
How long will the circles last?
But the colour of the circles do not reflect effectiveness of treatment
Some will bruise more than others and that is just purely based on the individual, genetics and potentially hydration
Other practitioners will also give you different answers to this
What problems/injuries does cupping help with?
I use cupping generally on shoulders lower backs and legs
Cupping will be used in conjunction with other techniques and tools if it’s appropriate
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