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Cupping therapy is an ancient alternative therapy which dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Eastern cultures.
During cupping therapy therapists apply , bamboo or silicone cups to the skin for a few minutes to create suction.
The application of cups can be used to treat a variety of conditions such as:
muscle pain and tension,
Reduced joint movement,
Back pain and sciatica,
stress and anxiety.
Forms of Cupping Therapy:
There are two forms of cupping therapy which includes, Wet Cupping and Dry Cupping. During Wet Cupping, the skin is slit slightly and the cup is placed over the area in order to bleed the area.
During Dry Cupping, the cups are placed over several areas to create a vacuum which lifts the soft tissue and creates an upward stretch within the muscle and associated fascia. This vacuum lift helps to increase blood flow and induces a stretch effect, which results in a reduction in muscle tension and associated pain.
During Dry Cupping therapy, cups can either be left in a static position or moved to provide a deep tissue massage effect. Both the static movement applications of cupping therapy complement other therapy techniques such as Sports and Deep Tissue Massage, Dry Needling and Acupuncture.
Dry cupping works well in conjunction with traditional sports and deep tissue massage, as the lifting effect provided from the cups works synergistically with the downward pressure application of manual massage.
Therapists point of view:
From a therapist’s point of view including cupping therapy within a massage treatment, can reduce the pressure placed on their hands and wrists and can help the therapist to their time more efficiently during treatment.
For instance, cups are often used in one area to pre-reduce muscle tension and increase blood flow, whilst a second area is being treated with manual massage techniques. The cups can then be removed or in a different area, and manual massage techniques can then be applied to the pre-cupped region.
How does Dry Cupping work?
Initially the vacuum application of the cup pulls blood into an area. This leads to the effected tissue becoming saturated with fresh blood. This saturation can often leave a circular mark, which is consistent with a hicky or love bite mark. However, this usually disappears after a day or so and happens to a lesser extent on subsequent treatments.
Neovascularisation (new blood vessel formation), occurs in response to blood being draw into the tissue. This leads to an increase in nutrient and oxygen content within the localised area.
Due to the vacuum effect, the soft tissue often experiences micro-trauma and separation between the tissue layers. The body responds to this micro-trauma by stimulating an inflammatory response, which is the natural process of healing. During this stage, the body releases chemicals such as white blood cells, platelets and fibroblasts to initiate healing.
Finally, the stretch that is produced in the soft tissue and fascia leads to a relaxation effect within the muscle, which results improved range of motion and performance.
In summary, Dry Cupping helps aid soft tissue injuries and reduce pain or discomfort by:
Increasing localised circulation,
Increasing oxygenation and nutrient content within the tissue,
Removing stagnant blood and waste products,
Re-initiating the healing process to micro-trauma,
Stretches fascia and connective tissue, which leads to a relaxation response.
The Tools You Need
Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy isn’t just used by sports and exercise participants, as it can help to alleviate muscle aches and pains associated with daily living, work-related complains and general physical activities, such as looking after children or gardening.
Sports and remedial massage therapy has many elements and was originally developed to treat athletes before or after an event. These massage techniques, can also be used to: maintain muscular strength, to improve range of movement and to reduce the effects of muscular pain, postural pain and soreness.
Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy can be used to treat specific injuries, postural discomfort and repetitive injuries (RSI) and to rehabilitate the body back to full fitness after illness.
It can also be used in combination with other modalities such as Medical Acupuncture, Dry Cupping and Therapeutic Ultrasound to aid healing.
Putting You First
Kase created Kinesio tape with a proprietary blend of cotton and nylon. It’s designed to mimic the skin’s elasticity so you can use your full range of motion. The tape’s medical-grade adhesive is also water-resistant and strong enough to stay on for three to five days, even while you work out or take showers.
When the tape is applied to your body, it recoils slightly, gently lifting your skin. It is believed that this helps to create a microscopic space between your skin and the tissues underneath it.
Putting You First
Body position during your pre-natal Massage
Many professionals - including myself - consider side-lying the best position for a pregnant woman receiving a massage. There are tables that provide a hole in which the uterus can fit, these however may not be reliable and can still apply pressure to the abdomen or allow the abdomen to dangle, causing uncomfortable stretching of the uterine ligaments. I provide a warm couch with soft fluffy throws and pillows to enable total comfort throughout your treatment, enabling you to totally relax and enjoy your massage.Among many benefits, massage during pregnancy may help alleviate:
Nausea and morning sickness
Lower back pain
Swelling / oedema of the feet, ankles and lower legs
Muscle spasm and cramping
Back, neck and shoulder discomfort caused by hormonal and postural changes
Nerve / Sciatic pain
It can also help improve:
Quality of sleep
Mood-swings and depression
Circulation - increasing the flow of nutrients delivered to the baby via the placenta
PITCH SIDE FIRST AID
Having undertaken the LUBAS Sports Trauma Management qualification and automated external defibrillation with emergency CPR, we have worked for many semi professional football teams.
We can provide match day cover as lead therapist or training/changing room therapy.