What is Cupping Therapy?
- Relieves Pain & Muscle Soreness
- Powerful Lymphatic Drainage
- Loosens Adhesions & Connective Tissue
- Reduces Cellulite & Stretch Marks
- Moves Stagnation
- Increases Circulation
- Promotes Weight Loss & Digestion
- Clears Toxins
When toxins or cell waste stagnate in the muscles and connective tissues, the body has a difficult time disposing the waste causing the body to experience discomfort and pain. The stagnation can be caused by a number of different reasons, such as poor circulation in a localized area, Qi (energy) blockage, or an injury that never fully healed.
When the liver and kidneys are not able to process these insults to the system and excrete them correctly, the toxins are put in storage to be handled at a later time -- usually stored in the muscles.
The negative pressure or vacuum action of cupping quickly facilitates the release of rigid soft tissues, stimulates the peripheral nervous system, loosens and lifts connective tissue, breaks up and drains stagnation. It also has the ability to increase blood and lymph flow to the skin, muscle and connective tissue.
Cupping draws stagnant blood and other fluids that have fallen out of healthy circulation up to the skin and away from the injury to restore circulation to the affected area. It creates space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients needed for the healing process. The capillary system of the skin carries the toxins to the liver and kidneys where they are then metabolized and excreted.
Cupping therapy involves the placement of cups on the skin and creating suction within these cups. This ancient practice has utilized cups of various materials such as glass, plastic, bamboo, silicone, animal horns and ceramic. Suction is achieved in different ways such as hand-held air pumps, machines, and fire.
There are two forms of cupping therapy which includes, Dry Cupping and Wet Cupping
dry cupping, which is a suction-only method
wet cupping, which may involve both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding
Dry cupping is a method by which suction is created on particular points on the patient’s body. Suction could be created by using heat to warm the cups so that the cooling air inside the cup creates a vacuum that tugs the skin upwards.
Other methods of creating suction include using an air pump to siphon air out of the cup.
Fire cupping is an application method of dry cupping that utilizes fire and heat to create suction. The cup is often heated with fire using alcohol, herbs, or paper. The fire source is removed and the heated cup is placed with the open side directly on your skin.
As the air inside the cup cools it creates a vacuum that draws the skin and tissues upward into the cup.
Wet cupping takes the technique of dry cupping a step further. After applying dry cupping for about 3 to 5 minutes, the a lancet is used to make tiny cuts on the raised area to allow for the elimination of toxic blood and fluids.
Another cup is then placed on the same area and the suction draws the blood out of the body.
Other Cupping Treatments
Cupping Massage MediCupping™ Body Contouring
It’s the opposite of traditional massage where pressure is applied to the skin. Instead, cupping is a form of negative pressure therapy which lifts the tissues. By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping massage is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
Cupping massage is versatile and can easily be modified to accomplish a range of techniques, from lymphatic drainage to deep tissue and trigger point release.
It creates a negative (tension) pressure which:
Passively stretches tissue resulting in increased ROM
Increases blood supply/heat to area treated
Increases fluid movement which assists in recovery (ie. decreased edema)
Increases nutrient-rich blood supply to injured area
Myofascial Cupping (MC) is a unique treatment that uses suction to lift tissues as the cup is moved to decompress underlying tissue. The cups come in various sizes depending on the treatment area needed. Four theories exist on how MC produces changes to soft tissue mobility:
1. The stimulation of fibroblast activation within the connective tissue to permit optimal retention of water;
2. The disruption of excessive collagen cross linkages (ie. scar tissue);
3. The thixotropic-like nature of connective tissue which is described by the Rolfing technique as something that it is capable of changing its state (ie. dense thickened, to a more fluid form);
4. Activation of mechanoreceptors which is stimulated by the application of external force that causes the nervous system to respond.
VacuTherapy™ and MediCupping™ Therapy a modern form of cupping therapy which utilizes glass and/or plastic cups and a vacuum machine to create suction on the body surface. These cups are moved over the skin using gliding, shaking, popping and rotating techniques while gently pulling up on the cup, and are parked for a short time to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release. This suction can reach deep into the soft tissue or can work superficially to pull inflammation and cellular debris toward the surface so that the skin and lymphatic system can readily eliminate them.
One of the most amazing aspects of this technique is the “separation” that the vacuum produces in tissue layers. This enables water absorption and renewed blood flow to undernourished and dehydrated tissue, which is invaluable in pre- and post-surgery treatments. It is becoming evident that separation of fused, congested soft tissue and increase in tissue function can be a catalyst for change in many current health conditions.
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