What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping Therapy is a rehab treatment using suction devices (cups) on the skin. They disperse and break up stagnation and congestion. They do this by drawing congested blood to the surface. The suction then pulls blood to the region and, as a result, stimulates healing. It is effective at loosening tight fascia and also muscles. Cupping also helps the tissue circulate new blood flow while suctioning. It causes anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body and is painless.
You can use Cupping for:
- Pain Relief
- Increased immune system response
- Inducing inflammation to help heal tissues faster
- Improved skin condition
- Relieved digestion issues
- Reduced stress and promote relaxation of muscles and soft tissues
Why You Should Use Cupping Therapy
Excessive activity and inactivity over a period of time will cause the skin, fascia and muscle tone to down -regulate. This includes loss of muscle, adhesions in fascia, and also a decrease in blood flow. You will then see your muscle tone decreases. As a result, we get stiffer and wrinkles start to appear in new places. As we move less and decrease our physical activity, the blood supply to tissues decrease. The fascia gets knotted and scarred up. This will limit movement and become a vicious cycle.
How Cupping Therapy Works
The suction of the cups over a region of the pained area helps the body increase blood flow which therefore, begins the healing process.
As new blood is forced into the tissues around the cups, the body will begin to develop new blood vessels. This is called neovascularization, (new blood vessel formation). This is why cupping can cause a lasting effect. As new vessels form, they will have the capability to feed the tissues with nutrient and oxygen. All tissues need food and oxygen to survive!
There are various reasons to use cupping therapy. Most noteworthy, it helps activate the immune system by stimulating the mechanosensitive fibers. As a result, this type of treatment will lead to a reduction in pain.