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Olympics and trending celebrities rocking cupping marks on their bodies have popularized Vacuum Therapy or Cupping in the past few years. Cupping Therapies have been around for thousands of years and has continued to thrive in many parts of the world. It s a traditional, time-honored treatment remaining favored by millions of people worldwide because it’s safe, comfortable, and remarkably effective for many health disorders. It uses suction (negative pressure) rather than compression for bodywork, ranging from myofacial release to lymphatic drainage - and everything in between. Cupping rapidly facilitates soft tissue release, loosen toxins, and lifts connective tissues. This process breaks up and drains stagnation while increasing blood and lymph flow to skin and muscles in ways not possible with traditional massage techniques.
The cups create a “Negative Pressure Massage”: The lifting and moving action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body. It is not unusual to fall asleep when receiving this treatment. People are often surprised at how relaxed they feel...hours, or sometimes even days afterwards.
Todays innovative bodyworkers use cupping along with massage to enhance the treatments. Combining both techniques brought forward MediCupping™ Therapy.
Loosen adhesions (great for trigger point work)
Release deep tissue issues (Cupping can be used as another form of deep tissue massage)
Stimulate blood flow
Softens scar tissue
Sedating to the nervous system (which equals less pain)
Increase range of movement
MediCupping™ differentiates itself from other traditional methods of cupping therapy. Vacuum Therapy with MediCupping™ utilizes glass or plastic cups and a machine to create suction on the body surface. Techniques and theory are based on Massage Therapy.
The ability of the MediCupping™ machine to control the vacuum and the release of tissue makes it unique. The equipment performs the pumping techniques while the therapist concentrates on the movements. Results are easy to document through regulation of equipment settings and successful results are achieved due to the consistency of application. A valuable tool for supporting physician-referred patients through injury and surgical recovery.
Vacuum Therapy with MediCupping™ machine moved cups over the skin with various movements such as gliding, shaking, popping and rotating techniques while gently lifting the cup. At times the “Cups” are parked for a short time to facilitate joint mobilization or soft tissue release. This suction can reach deep into the soft tissue or can work superficially to pull inflammation and metabolic wastes to the surface of the skin and thereby the lymphatic system can readily eliminate them. Soft tissue restrictions, adhesions and scar tissue often release quickly, despite the age of the injury or keloid scarring tendencies. Vacuum Therapy with Medicupping helps break down the “Solid bloat”, this is when heat from inflamed tissue slowly dehydrates the surrounding lymph, which inhibits normal drainage, circulation and hydration. Fascia fuses together from the heat and the congestion spreads through the upper tissues and skin surface. This inflammation can be caused by many things, such as surgeries, injuries, chronic movement patterns, and even childhood diseases and exposure to toxicities.
The MediCupping™ vacuum lifts and releases rigid soft tissue, as well as scars, adhesions and restrictions. By clearing debris, opening drainage, and easing limited movement these incredibly effective techniques relieve pain and enable the body to promote healthier tissue. While a very light suction provides lymphatic drainage, a heavier application can be used to stimulate circulation, liquefy deposits of 'Solid Bloat' and loosen adhesions or the “dimpling” of cellulite. Successful and enjoyable body sculpting and contouring is possible, with lasting results and many health benefits!
Conditions That Respond Well To Cupping Therapy
Bursitis, Tendonitis and other Inflammatory Conditions
Sluggish Colon, IBS
Stagnant Lymph and Edema
Insomnia & Anxiety
Poorly Nourished Skin & Muscle Tissue
Lung Inflammation & Congestion
Migraines & Headaches
High Blood Pressure
Asthma and Pneumonia
Athletic Stress & Injury
Everyone reacts differently to MediCupping™ therapy.15 - 30 minute is recommended for the initial cupping sessions.
You have heard of cupping therapy are familiar with the marks it can leave behind. These marks are called "cup kisses" which is a discoloration due to toxins & old blood being brought to the surface of the skin. Not everyone who receives cupping gets these marks, but many do. These marks are not bruises, and they do not hurt. Cup kisses can stay on the body for a matter of hours, or up to a week.
Sometimes there is post treatment tenderness after a cupping session, but the sensation is less than what you may receive from a deep tissue massage treatment. Increased redness & itching may happen due to increased vasodilation in the tissues as well as inflammation brought to the surface. Vasodilation also decreases blood pressure which happens when the nervous system is sedated through cupping therapy.
How Many Sessions Do I Need?
That just depends on each client. For chronic conditions, a series of 4 treatments which optimally would be twice a week. For those that can't swing it in their schedule, once a week for a month is suggested for consistency to achieve results faster and improve condition.
Cupping is contraindicated in cases of severe diseases, i.e. cardiac failure, renal failure, ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis and severe edema, as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic pupura, hemophilia and leukemia, and clients with dermatosis, destruction of skin, or allergic dermatitis. Vacuum Therapy will not be applied on the portion where hernia exists or has occurred in the past. For pregnant women, the lower abdomen, medial leg and lumbosacral region should be avoided.
Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional.
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