During Dry Cupping, the practitioner places cups over an area to create a vacuum. This lifts the soft tissue and creates an upward stretch within the muscle and associated fascia. As a result, the vacuum lift helps to increase blood flow and induces a stretch effect. This causes a reduction in muscle tension and associated pain.
What can Dry Cupping help with?
The application Dry Cupping by our qualified sports therapists can be used to treat a variety of conditions such as;
- Muscle pain and tension
- Reduced joint movement
- Back pain and sciatica
- Stress and anxiety
How does Dry Cupping work?
Initially, the vacuum application of the cup pulls blood into an area. This leads to the effected tissue becoming saturated with fresh blood. It can often leave a circular mark, though this usually disappears within a few days, and happens to a lesser extent on subsequent treatments.
New blood vessel formation occurs in response to blood being draw into the tissue. This leads to an increase in nutrient and oxygen content within the area. Due to the vacuum effect, the soft tissue often experiences micro-trauma and separation between the tissue layers. The body responds to this micro-trauma by stimulating an inflammatory response, which is part of the natural process of healing. Furthermore, the body releases chemicals such as white blood cells, platelets and fibroblasts to initiate healing.
Finally, the stretch that is produced in the soft tissue and fascia leads to a relaxation effect within the muscle, which results in improved range of motion and performance.
Patrick Duggan has always been interested in Sports & Fitness and studied Sports Science at Carnegie College, Leeds University. He went on to study Sports & Remedial Massage at the London School of Sports Massage in 2011. Patrick is a full member of the Sports Massage Association (SMA) & the Sports Therapy Association (STA).
Sports Massage is not reserved for the sporty types, Patrick treats as many clients with stiff, sore muscles from the stresses of office work, parenting, hiking and sitting.
Find out more about Patrick here.