Cupping is another unique modality based on an ancient form of traditional healing that may help to improve your range of motion when connective tissue such as fascia becomes restricted in its flexibility. Cupping may help to alleviate pain, decrease inflammation, decrease muscle tightness, improve blood flow, increase range of motion, manipulate dermal/subdermal connective tissue, and provide neuro-sensory stimulation. The cups are made of medical-grade silicone, and come in different sizes that allow them to be useful in smaller parts of the body, such as forearms and ankles, as well as larger parts of the body such as the quadriceps and hamstrings. When the tissues surrounding and connecting muscles become adhered to the affected muscle itself, your body’s range of motion can become restricted, creating symptoms of pain or tightness.
During a treatment, cups are applied to the skin allowing suction to the injured area, then moved around (also known as glide cupping) to release adhesions. This increases muscle mobility between surrounding tissues. When your muscles are able to glide smoothly against one another, you experience less pain and have an increase in movement and flexibility.