What is Myofascial Cupping Technique?
The Myofascial Cupping Technique was developed by David Sheehan in 2002. It involves the gliding of plastic or silicon cups (not glass) along the body using oil (massage cream is used if more suction is required such as in hairy legs) to help lift and seperate soft tissue from the deep roots. If the cup finds an area that has dysfunctional tissue it will stop gliding and grab hold of the area like its parking itself. When this happens I simply leave the cup where it is to sort that area out while I grap another and continue.
It is a very different technique to traditional cupping and importantly marking the skin is NOT part of the desired treatment outcome. It also should be performed at a pressure level that is almost painless to the client.
How is it different to other massage techniques?
Unlike all other massage techniques that use compression, the Myofascial Cupping Technique is unique in that it lifts and seperates soft tissue, know as negative or tensional pressure, as the cups glide along the skin. This in turn can increase nutrient rich blood supply to the tissue, while giving a gentle passive stretch to the underlying soft tissue.
Benefits from the Myofascial Cupping Technique
The Myofascial Cupping Technique can provide profound benefits, particularly with assisting the body in maintaining Range of Motion, and eliminating Myofascial Trigger Points causing referred pain. It can reduce restrictive and sometimes painful fascial adhesions under the skin, commonly found from repetitive movement originating from sports and the workplace.
I have used cupping to loosen the muscles around painful lower lumbar bulging discs and its great for knots in upper shoulders. There can be instant relief for heel spurs as the cups pull the fasica off the spur giving instant relief.
Hydration levels must be optimal to assist in reducing the incidence of injury and maintaining functional soft tissue.