Cupping is a soft tissue therapy that uses suction on the skin to pull tissue up into “cups”. Cupping was originally invented by the Egyptians around 1550BC but was re-discovered by the Chinese in 281–341 A.D and has been used as formal modality in Chinese hospitals since 1950.
Areas of tension or fascial adhesion are found by the therapist and the myofascial cupping treatment uses negative air pressure to lift, separate, and stretch underlying soft tissues. The cups may be left on the affected area for a short period of time or they may be moved over the tissue in a gliding motion.
The purpose of cupping is to separate the fascial adhesions, increase blood to the area and promote healing through the immune system. It can also create relaxation of muscles through the parasympathetic nervous system.
The “cups” are made of a strong plastic and the suction is created with a small hand-held device. The suction does not create any cuts or wounds, however occasionally some light bruising or skin discolouration will remain for up to several days. There may be a sensation of pulling and sometimes of mild heat.
Cupping is used for a wide variety of ailments such as low back pain, postural pain, shoulder injuries and bursitis and can be used in sub-acute or chronic conditions. Cupping is always used in conjunction with other soft-tissue techniques at Dr7 Physiotherapy Yokine which significantly improves its beneficial effects
Cupping is typically applied on the back, shoulders, sacrum, hip, thighs (including the ITB) and the calves.
Several physiotherapists at Dr7 Physiotherapy Dianella are able to use cupping as a treatment method. Contact 9349 1777 to book an appointment today and try myofascial cupping for yourself !
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