Myofascial Cupping

MYOFASCIAL CUPPING

Introduction
The treatment techniques are based on ancient healing systems, that originated across Asia, Egypt and elsewhere. Traditional cupping methods are used for pathological diseases, whereas modern Myofascial Cupping is principally utilised for repair of soft tissue injuries. Modern methods use vacuum suction rather than a naked flame to create cupping suction. A hand operated vacuum pump is used to induce a vacuum inside a cylinder suctioned to the skin. The vacuum “draws” the soft tissue perpendicular to the skin thus providing a tensile force to the soft tissue system, which can be left one site for a prolonged period or moved along the tissue with the aid of oils or lotions.
Myofascial cupping encourages soft tissue healing by creating a negative pressure or suction on the skin using silicone, plastic or glass cups that pull up underlying tissues, blood, lymph and other fluids close to the surface of the skin. Cupping techniques are designed to stimulate inhibited neural pathways, alter pain thresholds, promote blood circulation, thereby relieving swelling. The myofascial cupping technique reduces discomfort in the target tissues. Cupping is performed in very sterile environments prevent infection risk, and with post cupping treatment strict precautions are followed.

The main objective of Myofascial Cupping Therapy is to disperse stagnated lymph and blood in order to clean up cellular waste. The cupping action creates vasodilation, simulating a pseudo inflammatory response, mobilising antibodies to the area to create a healing process. promote healthy circulation to help strengthen the immune system
Cups are generally left in place from a few minutes to as much as fifteen minutes. The skin will normally redden due to the congestion of blood flow. After the cup is removed from the skin; some light circular bruising is to be expected and may stay visible for 2-8 days. This is a normal part of the therapy and it isn’t painful.

Benefits of Myofascial Cupping
The decompressive nature of Myofascial Cupping allows the therapist to treat sensitive areas and structures, safely.

Sensitive areas such as around injury sites, fat pads, bursae, and nerves, can be highly irritable. This means compressive techniques used in Deep Tissue and Sports Massage, are limited or even prohibitive.

Scar Tissue – Myofascial Cupping is highly effective in reducing historic or fibrotic scar tissue, as well as more recent scar sites. Clients often experience emotional release as tissues become unglued. Static hold and slide techniques used in cupping has a thixotropic effect, to reduce stiffness along fascial lines.

Trapped Nerves – The glide techniques are useful in freeing up trapped nerves.
Muscle Spasm – The aim here is to down regulate areas of high irritability. In the presence of chronic pain, cupping can disrupt pain mechanisms, by releasing trigger points allowing the muscles to relax.

Lymphatic Drainage – Here positive and negative pressure manoeuvres, are used to decrease and disperse inflammation.

Cellulite Reduction
The annoying ‘orange-peel,’ dimpled skin, affects around 90 per cent of women, appearing mostly on the legs, buttocks and arms. Women have been searching for ways to get rid of unsightly cellulite forever, using massage, scrubs, creams and invasive cosmetic treatments. Women’s connective tissue differs from that of men, as its structure has a uniform pattern, enabling fat deposits to bulge through, creating the orange peel appearance of cellulite. Men are less likely to be troubled with cellulite. The connective tissue in men has an intersecting pattern which assists in keeping the fat cells tight and smooth.

Some of the probable causes of cellulite:
Poor diet
Overweight
Fluid retention
Sedentary lifestyle
Hormonal changes
Adrenal gland stress
Poor lymph drainage
Break down of collagen
Lack of potassium in the diet.

What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is caused by clumps of un-metabolised fat, water and trapped waste beneath the skin that push up against surrounding fibrous connective tissue, these waste materials harden to give the tell-tale dimpling in the skin. Cellulite is one of the ways your body distributes fat, waste and water. If the flow of blood to your connective tissue (myofascial) is compromised, resultant swelling stretches the connective tissues apart, allowing eruptions of fat to push through. Myofascia is a support structure for all your body tissues and organs. While the exact cause is unknown, some health experts believe cellulite is hereditary. Dietician experts attribute cellulite to lack of exercise, hormone imbalances, bad diet, poor circulation and lymphatic drainage.

How Is Cupping Used to Treat Cellulite
The cups are placed over the area of cellulite then pressurised and released against the skin. They pull, lift and stretch the connective fibrous tissues to encourage circulation of nutrient-rich blood to dissipate toxins through lymphatic system drainage, breaking up and smoothing lumpiness. This technique is similar to body brushing, but on a more intensive level. You’ve probably seen the photos of athletes and celebrities with deep coloured bruises post-cupping. This is because of several reasons, sometime heated glass cups have been used, or the cups have been left in place for long periods. The bruising is rarely painful, but can be reduced or even avoided, by a skilled therapist using vacuum cups.

How Effective Is Cupping
Cellulite won’t disappear overnight, nor will it resolve in a few weeks. It can take up to three years achieve a healthy smooth skin surface. However, the positive results of cupping therapy are visible within two or three treatments and is safe without being invasive.

Is Cupping More Effective Than Liposuction
Liposuction has no effect on the connective tissue, so it will not deal the root cause of cellulite. Liposuction may even make cellulite worse by loosening the skin and making cellulite recesses deeper.

Recommendations
Contraindications for Myofascial Cupping
Aneurysm
Haematoma
Acute disease
Healing fracture
High temperature
Infectious disease
Malignant tumours
Extreme cold or flu
Deep vein thrombosis
Hypersensitive of the skin
Acute rheumatoid arthritis
Herniated and bulging discs
Diabetes and medicated for blood thinning
Low blood pressure or other acute circulatory conditions

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