We are excited to announce that we are now offering cupping therapy (myofascial decompression aka MFD)!!
In this blog post we will go over the basic tenants of cupping therapy as well as answer some frequently asked questions to help you decide if this type of cupping is right for you.
What is cupping therapy?
Cupping in standard Western practice is a manual intervention used to relieve space between fascia and create more movement. The type of cupping we practice also incorporates passive and active range of motion which is called myofascial decompression (MFD).
What's the difference between myofascial decompression and traditional cupping?
Traditional cupping creates space along meridians and is meant for general health benefits. Myofascial decompression uses cups to create space at the most restricted spots of soft tissue to create better motion and nutrition in that local zone.
Why is fascia so important in regard to movement?
The layers and sheets of fascia contain the muscle fibers and allow muscle to move to their maximum length. This web connects the body to improve power and control in more complex motions.
Will it hurt?
The negative pressure created by the cups is uncomfortable, but adjustable. At the start, a comfortable pressure is used, and then gradually increased until the resulting stretch is an improvement. After the cup comes off, movement and flushing using tools or hands decreases irritation.
How do I know if cup therapy is right for me?
If you have tried compressive-type therapies like manual trigger point release or massage with only temporary change, and stretching never seems to quite get at where you want, cup therapy is a great next thing to try!
Interested in seeing a cupping therapy video? Head to our YouTube channel using the link below!