Myofascial cupping is a treatment technique where sterilized small clear cups are employed as suction devices and directly attached to the skin. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layers to be gently yet firmly drawn into the cup ad held there for several minutes.
Myofascial cupping is a lot like the opposite of massage in that the cups pull the muscles upward and outward to relieve pain and stress rather than use the downward pressure in massage with comparable results. Myofascial cupping at Advanced Health Professional can be done alone or in combination with acupuncture.
Cupping has a very pleasing relaxing sensation as the therapy is underway. A huge added benefit to cupping is the suction action causes blood to be drawn to the area. This increase in blood flow creates the ideal environment for increased oxygen delivery, reduction of inflammation, and the promotion of healing.
How long is a Myofascial Cupping session at Advanced Health Professionals?
A session usually lasts approximately 30 minutes during which time the treating doctor will assess you, determine the appropriate number and locations of cups, and perform the attachments and release.
Will I get “bruised?”
Everyone’s reaction to cupping is different. Some people do get marks where the cups attach, they are not technically “bruises.” A bruise is from an impact injury. The marks left after cupping are an indication of the level of blood flow brought into the area. And a person may mark up heavily after a cupping session and then not at all at another. But even if there are no signs of marks, there is still benefit from the same increase in blood flow to the attachment areas.
Will there be pain?
Some people experience an overall soreness in the cupping spots for a few hours to a couple of days after treatment. That soreness is completely normal as the area is healing and becoming accustomed to a change in status from stiff to relaxed, from swollen to normal. If you are still sore after 3 days, we encourage you to contact your treating doctor for further recommendations.
If you are interested in this treatment procedure, give our office a call at (203) 847-4477 to set up a free consultation to learn more about how our team at Advanced Health Professionals in Norwalk Connecticut can help you!