Cupping dates back to 1550 BC in Egypt and has been used by various cultures over the years. Traditional Cupping is where a flame is lit inside the cup to heat the air which forms a vacuum on the skin; or a vacuum pump is applied manually to create a vacuum inside the cylinder. It draws the soft tissue structure up creating a tensile force to the tissue. The cup can be left static in the same spot for a short period of time or moved along the muscles. It creates a suction effect that increases blood flow to help flush out toxins that have built up and relaxes the muscle.
AIM; application of this method helps to mobilise dysfunctional components within the muscle, in particular the myofascial layers (Strong connective tissue surrounding muscles).
- It disturbs incorrectly laid down collagen cross linkages by allowing the muscles to maintain its volume, which reduces the likelihood of adjacent collagen fibres from binding.
- Transforms tissue from a gel or dense substance to a more fluid like form.
- Helps decrease excessive muscle tension by sustained stretch applied by the cup, this activates receptors in the muscles.
Stretch receptors (muscle spindles) that have a prolonged … read more »