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
It is important to stress that this is not a exhaustive list of contraindications for cupping and when seeking new treatment modalities it is important you receive direction from a certified therapist or health care provider.
The basic rule for cupping techniques is to use common sense when determining if an area should be cupped. In general if an area is safe to massage in theory you should also be able to use cups. For practitioners trained in the use of cupping it is important to note that the skill level or competency of the individual practitioner plays a role in whether or not an area can be treated.
Below is a list of contraindications for cupping:
- malignant tumours
- acute musculoskeletal injuries
- low blood pressure or other acute circulatory conditions
- superficial blood vessels e.g. inside forearm, anterior neck, varicose veins
- cupping during pregnancy should be cupped gently in specific areas
- elderly and children should be cupped gently
- diabetes and medicated for blood thinning
- duration should not exceed 10 minute for a stationary cup
- light cupping shoulder be used over the spine depending on the mass of the tissue
- herniated and bulging discs should not have stationary cups on the spinous processes
- extreme cold
- open wounds
- acute rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, automimmune
- healing fractures
- hypersensitivity of the skin
- acute venous disease
- high temperature
- deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- infectious disease
Cupping Applications and Benefit
Next week we will review some of the scientific literature on cupping….
Curious if cupping would be a beneficial addition to your therapeutic treatment. Add cupping for free to your 60 or 90 minute massage therapy treatment for the month of September.