Myofascial Cupping

Myofascial cupping is the process of applying suction to the skin using silicone or pneumatic cups to decompress underlying tissues connected by fascial layers. This aids in increasing blood flow to the surface and to underlying muscles to create a nutrient rich environment for healing and recovery.

Cupping can be performed dynamically, statically, or in conjunction with movement. Dynamic cupping involves movement of the cups over the targeted area. Static cupping involves a constant suction over the specific tender/problematic area for a longer period of time compared to dynamic cupping. Cupping with movement involves active participation from the patient. A clinician will place cups on the problematic or painful area with instruction provided throughout movement. Determination of which specific cupping therapy you will benefit most from will depend on your specific diagnoses and symptoms. Many times it can be a combination of all techniques.

Myofascial cupping has a variety of benefits for a diverse population. The primary benefits of cupping include but are not limited to: increased circulation, increased joint range of motion by reduction in muscle tension, and increase mobility of connective tissues. All of these benefits can further assist in reduction of pain and quicker recovery period. 

What conditions can be treated? Conditions include but are not limited to sciatica, IT band syndrome, low back pain, neck pain, poor circulation, chronic pain, arthritis, muscular aches, trigger points, pre and post-operative conditions, plantar fasciitis, bursitis/tendonitis, athletic stress/injury, scars/adhesions, fibromyalgia, and myofascial pain syndrome to name a few.

Call us today or visit our location in Jacksonville, NC (26 Office Park Drive) if you are interested in receiving myofascial cupping therapy as a part of your physical therapy program!


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