Tamara Howard MFHT

Sports,Remedial & Soft Tissue Massage Therapist

What is Myofascial Cupping?

Myofascial Cupping is a modified version of the ancient Eastern style of cupping, which specifically targets the musculoskeletal system rather than the meridians used by traditional Chinese Practitioners.

Traditional methods are usually performed using "wet cupping" or "fire cupping", whereas this modified method uses plastic (or glass) cups and a hand operated vacuum pump to create the suction, which lifts the skin, superficial muscle tissue and fascia.

The negative pressure created by the cups separates and stretches the connective tissue, increases blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to the area promoting and aiding recovery and helping to increase range of movement.

Is Myofascial Cupping Safe?

Myofascial Cupping is generally safe for most people, however there are certain conditions that may prevent or restrict them being used.

Examples:

  • History of vascular disease

    • I.e. DVT or Varicose Veins

  • During pregnancy on lower abdominal region or back

  • Any bleeding, internal or external

  • Open wounds, sensitive or fragile skin

  • Young children

  • Recent operations

  • Heart problems

  • Blood thinning medications

A medical consultation will always been completed prior to the use of the myofascial cups.

What are the benefits?

  • Increase nutrient-rich blood supply to injured area

  • Increase fluid movement - aids recovery

    • I.e reduced oedema (swelling)​

  • Passively stretches myofascial tissue

  • Helps increase range of movement​

  • Reduces localised inflammation

  • Releases trigger points

  • Breaks up / expels congestion

  • Helps break down scar tissue and adhesions

  • Improved removal of waste products

  • Reduced pain

What conditions can it help with?

  • Musculoskeletal pain and injuries

  • Sporting Injuries

    • Particularly ITB Syndrome & Plantar Fasciitis

  • Neck Pain

  • Back Pain

  • Muscular strains and sprains

  • Muscular tightness and imbalances

Will the treatment leave marks?

The use of myofascial cupping can leave some marking on the skin, depending on the level of soft tissue dysfunction. These marks are not caused by trauma but can resemble bruising in appearance.  Most marks usually disappear within 2-8 days.

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