What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping Therapy, commonly referred to as Cupping, has been around for thousands of years and is far from being new. Cupping dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
There are a variety of different methods within cupping therapy but we use silicone cups in tandem with manual therapy and active stretching with your therapist. This treatment increases blood flow, loosens the fascia to stimulate healing, breaks-up scar tissue and helps to reduce pain. The cups are often placed on the back, neck, and shoulders or the site of pain. Cupping therapy may cause temporary bruising and redness depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum and the level of internal stagnation. The cups are removed by lifting one edge, which allows air in and breaks the seal and vacuum.
What is Fascia and why is it important when it comes to cupping?
The first part of understand how cupping and myofascial decompression (MFD) work is understanding more about your fascia.
Your fascia is your connective tissue that encloses and stabilizes your muscles and organs (very important for obvious reasons). Fascia resembles a plastic wrap covering your muscles. Having chicken tonight for dinner? Then you can see what fascia looks like when you cut through your chicken breast.
Fascia has an impact on your entire body and the myofascial decompression that happens during a cupping session helps to facilitate improved function of your entire musculoskeletal system by way of improving the health of your fascia.