Myofascial Cupping Overview
Myofascial cupping is a soft tissue therapy that encourages healing by creating a negative pressure or suction on the skin using plastic or glass cups that pull up underlying tissues, blood, and other fluids close to the surface of the skin. It can help treat soft tissue conditions, musculoskeletal tension, pain, and common sporting injuries. It can also create relaxation by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Used as a treatment for:
- Sporting injuries [especially ITB Syndrome; plantar fasciitis]
- Neck and back pain [including TMJ dysfunction; sciatica]
Myofascial Cupping Treatment
Myofascial cupping enhances the way the body performs with its natural healing process. Moreover, the healing process works by using the suction from the cups. It draws the skin up, helping mobilize blood and energy throughout the body.
People who experience migraines, injuries, asthma, coughs, and gastrointestinal disorders can benefit from cupping. However, cupping practitioners advise against using the therapy for many reasons. Reasons why include:
- Open wounds
- Dermatological Problems
- Inflamed Body Parts
- High Fever
Areas containing a lot of hair or bone protrusions are not ideal either. Also, some pregnant women and patients with bleeding disorders should avoid cupping in general.
Most importantly, children and the elderly should go to their practitioner first since it may not be suitable for all. Either way, Myofascial cupping treats the following:
- Sporting Injuries
- Neck and Back Pain
- Blood disorders
- Rheumatic diseases
- Fertility disorders
- Skin problems
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and Depression
- Bronchial congestion
- Varicose veins
The Process of Cupping
Myofascial cupping involves jars or glass ornaments attached to bare skin, which thus creates a suction effect.
It introduces a heat source that sucks the skin into the cupping ornament. Bamboo, clay, and glass are traditional cupping ornaments. However, better glass and even mechanical ones are standard today.
The process is done on bare skin, following specific positions for the best results. Initially, a wet cotton ball goes into methylated spirits. It then squeezes out to remove the excess liquids. Furthermore, the ignited ball goes into the cup and allows the cup to operate.
The heat inside the ornament creates a suction effect that sticks to the skin. The cup goes on the intended treatment area to avoid the vacuum effect from disappearing. The timeframe varies depending on the patient, with a cup on for an average of 5 to 10 minutes.
Before Your Treatment:
- Drink lots of water. It is critical to stay hydrated before and after your session.
- Eat. Make sure your body is well nourished with a proper diet and nutrients.
- Don’t Shave. Refrain from shaving within 4-6 hours beforehand. Stubble skin is OK to have
- No Sensitive Skin. Ensure skin has no cracks or burns. Wait until your skin is recovered fully on the treatment area before booking a session. If you have a sunburn or damaged skin, it will be painful.
- Avoid Exfoliation. Similarly, avoid exfoliation of your back and shoulders 1-2 days before your appointment as that could make your skin more sensitive.
Soul 2 Sole’s Cupping Process
Customers at Soul 2 Sole have the option to take either a 60-minute session or a 90-minute session.
As for the process itself, it’s not as complex as you might assume. You’re going to lie down with your back bare so the cups can attach to your skin. The therapist will then adjust the cup positions according to where you need to feel the pressure.
From there, a cotton ball will soak into a spirit solution and receive some heating. The warm cotton is placed inside the cup to promote the glass cup’s suction effect on the skin.
Next, the therapist will immediately place the cup on the designated area on your skin. Of course, ensure your therapist of any pain or requests throughout the process.
Myofascial Cupping Benefits
The suction pressure from the cups helps revive blood circulation and promotes the transfusion of energy. In the end, it prompts the body’s natural healing mechanism. Myofascial cupping therapy can treat the following:
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Migraines and Headaches
- Sporting Injuries
- Respiratory Illnesses
- Chronic Coughing
- Digestive Disorders
- Increases lymphatic drainage
- Promotes natural circulation
- Helps remove metabolic waste in muscles
Myofascial Cupping History
Cupping goes way back to Egyptian, Chinese and Hindu scriptures. Some may argue that the techniques were different, but the overall gist has stuck throughout the centuries. With a reputation so notable, it’s safe to assume cupping is as popular as it is for a reason.
In ancient Greece, cupping was a significant part of the medical field for its wide-scale medicinal benefits. It arrived in Europe and North America around some time in the 20th Century.
Myofascial cupping marks are circular and reddish–purple at first but usually fade away within a couple of days. Some marks could take up to weeks for them to disappear completely. Make sure to hydrate properly before and after your therapy. Cupping supports the lymphatic system which drains away waste and toxins from the body and relies heavily on staying hydrated to do this properly. Where your cupping marks are a badge of pride, and don’t be afraid to show it to the world!
Soul 2 Sole provides direct billing through TELUS Health. Moreover, TELUS Health’s eClaims solution allows us to submit claims on your behalf after providing the service. Please prepare to pay for your visits if your insurance provider will not cover your treatments. Again, check any insurance questions with us before moving ahead.
As a result, we can’t provide you with a credit to pay for it at a later date. Also, please note that direct billing for some insurance plans may not be available on weekends. We will gladly predetermine your coverage before your service. Furthermore, please call 780-757-3452 for assistance in this matter.
Book Your Myofascial Cupping Session Today!
Remember that anything severe must always run through a doctor for a proper medical opinion. Cupping therapy is merely supplemental for health. Although it isn’t a magical cure-all, it has benefits that can be great for a person’s overall well-being.
Nevertheless, for the best Thai massage services in Edmonton, visit Soul 2 Sole Studio. We’ll help get your energy back in line and have you start feeling refreshed. If you require some significant stress relief, our therapists are here to breathe life back into you. In addition to feeling better, we look forward to connecting with you!