Cupping is a technique of Myofascial release by creating negative air pressure to the fascia with the aim of relieving muscle pain, stiffness, and soreness. The application of cups for pain and soreness relief has rooted to hundreds of years ago. It’s one of the old methods in Eastern Medicine and has been very successful. However, recently cupping is back to the center of attention as part of a therapy treatment due to its relaxing effect.

Why is Cupping done?

Myofascial decompression is performed to treat musculoskeletal disorders and to correct movement patterns that may cause pain or tightness. It is used to address any myofascial or soft tissue dysfunction or restriction, break up scar tissue adhesions, reduce scar tissue formation, increase blood flow to healing areas and to release trigger points

What does Cupping treat?

Therapist use cupping to relieve condition that cause pain. Conditions it may ease symptoms of:

    • Headaches/Migraines
    • Arthritis
    • Muscle Stiffness
    • Muscle tightness/cramps
    • Low Back Pain
    • Decreases Mobility
    • Chronic Fatigue
    • Chronic Pain

How Do You Prepare For Cupping?

In order to prepare for myofascial decompression, make sure the affected area you would like treated can be easily exposed by bringing appropriate clothing. This may include shorts for the lower half and a sports bra for the upper body. Be prepared to see some bruising on your skin as this is common since cupping facilitates blood flow. If you have an event coming up or do not want bruises on your skin let your physical therapist know ahead of time. The process takes about 10-15 minutes depending on the area and your plan of care.

What Are The Potential Costs?

At Thrive Physical Therapy, myofascial decompression is part of your physical therapy session and comes at no extra cost. Get answers to all your questions during a complimentary screening! Call (865) 392-1033 or make an appointment online and we’ll get in touch with you.