What is the Cupping Physical Therapy?
Cupping physical 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.
How does the Cupping Technique work?
The cupping technique is essentially causing a local inflammatory response in the tissue that is theorized to help aid 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.
Benefits of Cupping
Cupping physical therapy could potentially help the following conditions:
- Soft tissue conditions
- Musculoskeletal tension and pain
- Common injuries
- Increased blood flow to injured tissue
- For relaxation by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system