Cupping

DEFINITION

Cupping is a modified version of the ancient Eastern style cupping which differs by specifically targeting the Musculo-Skeletal system rather than the meridian systems used by traditional Chinese practitioners. It also uses plastic cups and vacuum suction rather than glass cups and a naked flame to create suction. A hand operated vacuum pump is used to induce a vacuum inside a cylinder sealed to the skin by the use of oil or cream. The vacuum “draws” the soft tissue perpendicular to the skin thus providing a tensile force to the soft tissue system, which can be left in one site for a prolonged period or moved along the tissue.

BENEFITS OF CUPPING

  • Increases nutrient-rich blood supply to injured area
  • Increases fluid movement which assists in recovery ie; decreased oedema (fluid accumulation)
  • Creates a negative (tensional) pressure which, passively stretches myofascial tissue, resulting in increased ROM (Range Of Motion)
  • Assist in reduction of localized inflammation and aids recovery
  • Breaks Up and Expels Congestion
  • Ideal for people for whom the insertion of accupuncture needles poses a problem or risk.

WHO MAY BENEFIT FROM CUPPING

  • Individuals with Musculo-Skeletal Pain & Injuries
  • Sporting Injuries, especially ITB Syndrome & Plantar Fasciitis
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Muscle Strains and Sprains
  • Muscle Imbalances and Tightness

IS CUPPING SAFE?

Cupping is generally safe for use on most people, however there are some contraindications that may prevent the use of cupping, such as:

  • History of vascular disease such as DVT or Varicose veins
  • Pregnant women on lower abdominal region and back
  • Any bleeding, internal or external
  • Open wounds or Sensitive/fragile skin
  • Young children
  • Recent operation
  • Heart problems
  • Blood thinning medications