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Cupping

Myofascial Decompression – Cupping

Myofascial decompression (MFD), also known as cupping, is a therapeutic approach using negative pressure – decompression on the soft tissue. This type of treatment is used for many chronic musculoskeletal disorders, entrapment syndromes, re-education of the movements that have been impaired due to pain or tightness and adhesions.

What conditions is cupping good for?

  • Muscle tension/tightness
  • Limited range of motion (i.e. frozen shoulder)
  • Soft tissue adhesions (i.e. post-operative scar, recovering from a muscle tear)
  • Entrapment syndromes, compression (i.e. Carpal’s tunnel)
  • Tendinopathies (i.e. hamstrings)
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Running injuries (i.e. iliotibial band syndrome)

How does it work?

The negative pressure caused by the suction results in a decompression underneath the cup, lifting the skin and underlaying layers of soft tissue such as the fascia. Fascia is a sheet of connective tissue which encloses, stabilizes, and attaches muscles, also known as superficial fascia. The function of the superficial fascia is to reduce friction between underlaying layers; hence they should glide against each other. As a result of an injury, surgery (scar adhesion) or compensatory movement patterns adhesions may occur, such adhesion restricts movements, particularly around joints.

Your Physiotherapist will assess you prior to starting any treatments and if appropriate will integrate cupping as part of your plan of care.

Key benefits of cupping:

  • Increase circulation
  • Reduce Tension/tightness
  • Mobilisation of soft tissue
  • Increase of the range of motion
  • Decrease pain

You should not be treated with cupping if you have any of the following:

  • Open wounds
  • Skin eczema, rash etc.
  • Anaemia
  • Blood clots (current or history)
  • Taking blood thinner medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Fever
  • High blood pressure
  • Active cancer
  • Sensitive skin

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