Many thanks to Michael Phelps in 2015 for raising awareness of this traditional ancient therapy called cupping therapy. Cupping therapy (sometimes called tissue distraction) is a growing treatment choice by many massage therapists and physiotherapists all over the world.
So the question asked by many clients in our clinic is why would I want cupping therapy instead of traditional general Swedish massage?
Cupping therapy can be used for a wide variety of conditions; here are a few common ones:
Fascial Restriction – we all have fascia that surrounds all the muscles in our body. Often fascial pain can be causing just as much pain as the muscles tension we have. By using the cups to separate the skin, fascia and muscle layers and increasing blood flow to the area, we can drastically reduce that aching, burning pain that we’ve been experiencing.
Decreased range of motion – Whether its caused by motor vehicle accidents, sports-related injuries or just general tension, we often find ourselves losing range of motion in a joint at some point or another. Cupping around the joints, tendons and ligaments helps reduce tension and increase circulation to an area that likely isn’t getting enough blood flow.
Edema and Swelling – Cupping in the directions of the lymphatic ducts help to decrease and drain areas of the body that are experiencing edema. We often see this is women in the later stages of
pregnancy, luckily cupping is a safe treatment during pregnancy.
Scar tissue – speaking of pregnancy, did you know cupping is a wonderful treatment choice for c-section scars? Using cups throughout the healing process of scars helps reduce the fascial restrictions (which cause pain) and overall reduce the appearance of the scar by increasing circulation to the area.
Cupping therapy may cause mild bruising to the tissue being treated that can last a few days. Although many people have mentioned the bruising looks painful it actually doesn’t feel like a regular bruise. In fact, this bruising-like response is appropriate following this type of treatment as it indicates an increase in blood flow to the restricted area.
By incorporating cupping therapy into your massage treatment we are able to achieve a more thorough treatment than just massage by itself.
Alysha Trenholm, RMT
Give us a call and book your massage/cupping treatment today.