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CUPPING

What is Cupping?

 

Cupping is an ancient traditional Chinese medicine practice where a small flame is used to heat a glass cup as it is placed on the body.  The temperature change creates a vacuum which pulls the tissues into the cup to improve blood and lymphatic flow. At Body and Mind we utilize a modern version of cupping called myofascial decompression. In myofascial decompression, cups are strategically placed on specific points on the body.  A hand pump is then used to create a vacuum which pulls the superficial tissues into the cup. As the tissue ascends into the cup, the underlying fascia and blood vessels release leading to increased blood flow and improved tissue mobility.

 

Myofascial Decompression is a therapeutic technique which allows for the body to release built up fascial distortions and blood flow restrictions. This technique is used by Michael Phelps, a twenty eight time olympic medal winner, for recovery and enhanced performance.

 

How is it Performed?

 

This therapy is performed using a hand pump device to produce a vacuum inside of a treatment cup. The vacuum creates shearing stresses within the tissues resulting in suppression of pain-based neural pathways.  It also, reduces restrictions in the fascial system leading to enhanced mobility.

What Conditions Does it Help Treat?

  • Neck and Back Pain

  • Shoulder and Elbow Pain

  • Pelvic and Hip Pain

  • Knee Pain

  • Ankle and Foot Pain

  • Mobility Issues

  • Sprains and Strains

  • Scar Tissue

  • Post Surgical Tissue Restrictions

  • Tension Headaches

  • Overuse Injuries

  • Workout Recovery