Understanding Therapeutic Modalities
Over the next couple weeks we will dive into why therapists utilize therapeutic modalities during treatment? How these modalities could be beneficial to your rehab and when they are the most effective during treatment?
We start off the series understanding myofascial cupping.
Series 1 - Myofascial Cupping
What is Myofascial Cupping?Cupping has been used for Centuries but more recently was made popular by professional athletes. Cupping refers to the application of domed cups applied to the skin and removal of the air within the cup to create a suction. This is often done by drawing the air out but can also be removed with heat. As the cups are applied the skin is pulled into the cup and the cup is held in place.
Cupping mimics a number of manual treatment techniques utilized by therapists that include pinching, rolling and tool scraping. The intensity of the cupping can vary and often the technique of cupping is individualized to the treating therapist.
History of CuppingCupping has been recorded to have started in 281-341 A.D by an Ge Hong, a Taoist alchemist and herbalist. This initial form of cupping was used for draining wounds and originally used animal horns.
Later the Chinese Dynasty would use this application in therapeutic treatment of headaches, dizziness, and abdominal pain. Cups were made of pottery or bamboo and were used for both cold and hot applications. The cups would be applied to the skin over acupuncture needles.
Today’s cupping utilizes glass, plastic, or silicone cups. These cups were an improvement on the previous types as they were less likely to break and you are able to view the skin under the cup during treatment. Glass cups use fire to remove the air with-in the cup. The cups interior is rubbed with alcohol then set a light before being placed onto the skin. Silicone cups are depressurized by pressing down onto the top of the dome and plastic cups have a vacuum attachment to remove the air.
Next week we will cover the contraindications of cupping as well as the health benefits….
Curious if cupping would be a beneficial addition to your therapeutic treatment. Book an appointment today!
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