What is Myofascial Cupping?
Myofascial Cupping, or cupping for short, is an ancient Chinese therapy that encourages healing by creating negative pressure or suction on the skin using specialized cups in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscle tissue/fascia inside the cup. Cupping focuses on the fascia, which is connective tissues that cover the entire body and are wrapped around tendons, ligaments, bones, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Cupping helps lift and separate the fascia, which can lose it’s flexibility and become tight and restrictive due to overuse, poor posture, injury or repetitive strains.
How does Myofascial Cupping work?
Cupping is applied to certain acupuncture points as well as to parts of the body that have been affected by pain or muscle/fascia tightness where the pain is deeper than the tissues to be pulled. The cupping process draws blood from your vessels and into your tissue. Your body thinks it’s been injured, so the theory is that cupping jump-starts a positive inflammatory response, mobilizing antibodies to the area to try to heal it.