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Cupping is a form of massage therapy which decompresses soft tissues using vacuum suction. It is unlike other forms of massage which compress soft tissues.
Silicone cups are applied to the skin with varying amounts of suction. The negative pressure created by the cups decompresses the underlying tissues: fascia, muscle, nerves, lymphatic system and joints. The cups communicate with the brain through mechanoreceptors. Tactile (touch) input enters the spinal cord and a message is carried via the corticospinal tract to the somatosensory cortex of the brain. A message is then encoded to the motor cortex and that message is sent in the afferent pathway, in the spinal cord, back to the muscle with instruction in response to the input.
Compression of the fascia leads to decreased blood flow, poor nerve function and pain. Have you ever sat on your foot for too long?
The silicone cups create a negative vacuum to lift the dermal layer. This decompresses the tissue and separates the layers of fascia to break up fascial adhesions and increase glide. Fascial lines create all functional movement in the body so a restriction along any part of the line restricts the entire line. Decompressing the nerve endings in the fascia improves neural function, decreases pain and improves proprioception. All of this results in an improvement of movement and range of motion.
Dry Silicone Cupping is most commonly used to
Release fascial adhesions
Remove scar tissue
Reduce painful trigger points
Improve blood and lymph circulation
Promote mobility and range of motion
Improve mature scars
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