What is cupping?
Cupping is one way that can help with myofascial release. Myofascial release (MFR) is a technique that many physical therapists at Good Health Physical Therapy & Wellness utilize when treating our patients. There are different types of MFR, and cupping is one that has been in the spotlight recently. While we don’t use the traditional heated glass cups, we have silicon cups that are softer. When used with lotion or oil, they can slide around over the tissues, lifting and pulling layers of tissue up and apart. This helps increase the space for improving blood flow and increasing the mobility of different tissues layers. The better these layers of tissues move in general, and in relation to each other, the healthier the tissue can be. This technique often results in improved mobility, reduced pain, and helps with healing.
When do we use cupping techniques?
Cupping is often used to promote healing of tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, and partial tears. It can be used for any condition from shoulder pain, rotator cuff injury, low back pain, neck pain, headaches, and many others. It is often used to improve range of motion and mobility of a joint, decrease compression. It is then is followed up by stretching, foam roller, and strengthening programs prescribed specifically for patients based on their symptoms and goals.
Sometimes, they can leave little marks/bruises. This usually happens over especially tight and restricted areas, but this just means it’s an area that really needs it!
If you think you might benefit from this type of treatment, or would like to find out if you would, contact us at Good Health Physical Therapy & Wellness!