Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create a suction force. These cups mobilize blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of conditions. The goal of cup therapy is to decrease tissue restrictions between the layers of skin, fascia and muscle. Tissue restrictions especially in the fascia can cause pain, decreased range of motion (ROM), impair alignment, asymmetry and sub-optimal muscle performance.
The technique is essentially causing a local inflammatory response in the tissue that is theorized to help aide in recovery and stimulate the body’s natural healing process. We often see a significant improvement in ROM in one session, although these results are not guaranteed.