Cupping therapy, also called Myofascial Decompression, is a type of therapy where the physical therapist carefully places specialized cups on the injured areas of the body. These “trouble spots” are often areas that are tense or have lesions and knots. As the skin is lifted with the suction of the cup and the tissues receive more blood, these areas begin to heal. Cupping therapy is effective in decreasing stiffness and pain, improving tissue health, and increasing mobility.
Cupping therapy is used to:
- Decrease myofascial dysfunction.
- Increase blood flow to a slow healing muscle, tendon or ligament
- Break up adhesions/scar tissue that are already present.
- Reduce scar tissue formation.
- Release trigger points and decrease tightness in a muscle and the surrounding fascia.