The practice of cupping is believed to date back as far as 5000 years ago. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world has described the Egyptians’ use of cupping dating back to 3500 years ago. In China archaeologists have found evidence for the use of medical cupping 3000 years ago. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (2400 years ago) used cupping for the treatment of various illnesses.
In the modern era Western medicine has also adopted Cupping as a form of treatment for fascial release whereby the suction created during the technique helps to separate the layers of connective tissue throughout the deep and superficial fascia. Over the last few decades the significant research has been performed investigating the anatomy and function of fascia especially in the Thoracolumbar spine. At Insight Chiropractic the suction is created using a manual hand pump as opposed to the traditional flame method. Cupping is generally considered a painless procedure.
This creation of negative pressure and drawing body tissues outwards, may help…
- Increase local circulation
- Improve lymphatic flow
- Release scar tissue adhesion
- Relax muscle
- Release trigger points
Classical dry cupping is a static technique where several cups are simply left on for 3 to 30 minutes while the patient is passively lying down. Conversely, the primary focus of Tissue Distraction Release with Movement is to move and glide a single cup in various directions while the patient simultaneously actively moves the relevant joint and tissues underneath the cup
More than one cup may be used at a time, in varying sizes, is used to cover an area thoroughly. Cups may be left for several minutes, or removed quickly and placed elsewhere.
Commonly Cupping causes blood to be drawn to the surface of the skin, red marks, swelling, and circular bruising can appear .These marks shall subside within a few hours or days. .