Cupping therapy comes from eastern medicine, where traditional the practitioner would use glass cups placed on certain parts of the back to induce blood flow and reduce stagnation in the body.
Western Medicine has started incorporating cupping in soft tissue rehabilitation post injuries as well as a method for prevention and increased performance.
What types of cups are used?
Silicone cups fashioned to function as little plungers are most commonly seen in active therapy. Meaning, the silicone cups are placed on a certain part of the body that and the person is then put through various movement patterns in order to increase blood flow to that area.
Plastic cups with a special opening on the top to attached to a small vacuum or hand pump to create the suction. These cups are most commonly used in the office, and are mostly static, meaning they will stay on the body, back or extremities for 5-10 minutes.
Glass cups are used in fire-cupping. Fire (usually a cotton ball soaked in alcohol ablaze on a forceps) is used to draw out the oxygen in the cup and create the suction. This is the most common technique in traditional Chinese medicine and used by Licensed Acupuncturists.
What are the benefits of cupping?
Help to relieve adhesions in the muscles and soft tissue of the body
Help relieve muscle hypertonicity
Help to reduce trigger points
Helps to increase blood flow to the injuries tissue for faster healing.
Help to prevent cramps and injuries as well as help alleviate cramps