Cupping, Massage and Bendigo Osteo
At Bendigo Osteo, our massage therapists Melinda and Jodi may use myofascial cupping as part of their treatments.
What is Myofascial Cupping?
Myofascial Cupping is in simple terms, the lifting and separating of soft tissue. It is similar yet different from Traditional Chinese Cupping. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the cups are placed along meridian pathways, whereas in myfasical cupping, cups are placed directly over the area needing treating. We also use vacuum or suction cups, not fire or heat in the cups.
How does it work?
Suction cups are placed on a target area. The cups have a manual operated suction pump. A negative pressure is created in the cup which lifts and separates the soft tissue. In massage we use direct pressure to stretch soft tissue, in cupping it is a passive or negative pressure that stretches soft tissue. The cups are moved along the target area. This stretching up of soft tissue pulls fresh oxygen and nutrients rich blood into the area. This nourishes, detoxifies, stretches, stimulates and relaxes the muscles, fasicia and skin.
What are the benefits of cupping?
Cupping assists the body in maintaining range of motion, eliminating myofascial trigger points and reducing restrictive and sometimes painful fascial adhesions commonly found from repetitive movement originating from sports and the workplace.
It can be helpful in treating a range of conditions, including;
Injury from repetitive movements – e.g: shoulders
Respiratory conditions – asthma, bronchitis
Back Pain/ Neck Pain
Please note you may experience some mild yet painless bruising.