A modern twist on the Traditional Chinese Medicine technique of cupping.
Rhonda Hunt - Myofascial cupping
A cup is applied to the skin. Negative pressure is created in the cup by a suction device. The superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup.
By creating a negative tensional pressure, in the cup - above the surface of the tissues there is change in pressure beneath the skin including the muscle and surrounding fascia.
The intention is not to bruise – however everyone is different and some people may experience slight marking of their skin.
Various techniques of cupping can increase or decrease the intensity of the treatment.
Myofascial Cupping applications
Applied gently after localised injury (repair phase) Myofascial cupping can:
- Prevent scarring of the local area.
- Correctly align collagen during the repair phase.
- Assist in the reduction of localised inflammation and aids recovery by increasing nutrient rich blood supply to the area.
Excerpts above have been taken from 2 day Myofascial Cupping training session handout p2-5
- Distracts tissue and passively stretches muscle
- Draws blood from deep to superficial resulting in skin nourishment.
Melbourne 2015, Complementary Health Seminars. Presenter David Sheehan.
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Le Moon K ( 2007) Connective tissue contractility is the central mediating factor in myofascial pain syndrome: a fasciagenic pain model. 1st International Fascia Research Congress (p 94) Amsterdam, Elsevier
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