Myofascial Decompression Cupping Therapy
Myofascial Decompression Cupping Therapy
What is Myofascial Decompression Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is an ancient healing technique that some people use to ease pain. A provider places cups on your back, stomach, arms, legs or other parts of your body. A vacuum or suction force inside the cup pulls your skin upward.
Cupping therapy is a form of traditional medicine that originated in China and West Asia. People have practiced this method for thousands of years. The application of suction cups is recorded in ancient Egyptian, Hindu, Greek, and Chinese medical writings. Ancient cultures used hollowed-out animal horns, bones, bamboo, gourds, and seashells to purge animal bites, pustules, infections, and skin lesions from the body. Over many centuries, earthenware and metal were fashioned into cupping vessels before the development of ceramic and glass cups.
In ancient Greece, Hippocrates – a physician by profession and who is regarded as the father of modern medicine, used cupping therapy for treating internal disease and structural problems. Hippocrates recommended the use of cupping for treating ailments such as low back pain, angina, menstrual irregularities, and other musculoskeletal disorders in his guide to clinical treatment.
Biological Effects and Benefits of Cupping:
What can Cupping Treat:
How does it work?Cupping therapy is an ancient healing technique that some people use to ease pain. A provider places cups on your back, stomach, arms, legs or other parts of your body. A vacuum or suction force inside the cup pulls your skin upward.Suction from cupping draws fluid into the treated area. This suction force expands and breaks open tiny blood vessels (capillaries) under your skin. Your body replenishes the cupped areas with healthier blood flow and stimulates proper and normal healing at a cellular level.
Note from Keenan Robinson, Director of Sports Medicine for Team USA Swimming
"Robinson says he doesn’t use cupping to heal, per se, but rather to help keep the fascia — which are knitted in between and on the surface of muscle — lubricated. That allows muscles can move more freely and easily. “The intent is to minimize fascial restriction so the motion is more smooth,” says Kevin Rindal, who works with USA Swimming. Instead of pushing down on muscle and fascia, as massage does, cupping pulls the layers of muscle and fascia apart, much like separating the layers of a flaky pastry, so fluid can flow more easily in between them to keep them well-oiled” “We know some clinical studies say it does cause great change in cellular activity, and muscle activity, and fascial activity, so we’ll apply it to athletes well in advance of even before they go to Olympic trials,” says Robinson. “[We wouldn’t] start trying it on them at the Olympics. We want them to get exposure and say, Well, you’re telling me this does this but I don’t feel it so let’s move on to the next modality. We’re trying to use whatever we can to help them really move better.” For Phelps, that’s getting cupped around twice a week. Even if it does leave a mark.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cupping therapy can sometimes be intense, depending on which body part is being treated. Certain areas will be more sensitive than others. The treatment typically feels like a strong pinch for the first 1-2 minutes then starts to ease up.
Cupping Therapy can last anywhere from 5-20 minutes.
The most common symptom is bruising, which typically goes away after 2-7 days.
Typically you can continue normal activities, this is something your Doctor will go into detail with you depending on what they are treating.
There are a number of benefits of Cupping and what it does, all listed above in this page.
This is something the doctor will go over with you once they deem it necessary if you could benefit from this treatment. Typically the main risk/side effect is the bruising.
This is a treatment that is covered under treatment with your insurance. You may also choose to be a self pay patient, in case all of our treatments are included in that price. Please call (478) 960-7077, to find out more details.
One of our experienced Doctors will be performing this treatment on you.
This is something your doctor will be evaluating during your first visit.
Cupping treatment can last anywhere from 5-20 minutes, and your visit can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
MVP Physio Dr. is located at 1645 Forest Hill Rd, Suite 105, Macon, GA 31210.
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