Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Myofascial Decompression

During the Olympics you may have noticed some athletes with weird, circular bruises on them. These aren't bruises in the sense that they are caused by aggression or pain. In fact they aren't caused by deep impact at all, these are marks from a Myofascial Decompression technique called 'Cupping'. Now you may have even heard of or seen 'cupping' before, and while it may seem a bit unconventional, when done properly it can offer many positive benefits and will not be painful. Cupping specifically focuses on the fascia, a thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds most structures within the human body. When fascia becomes restricted and less fluid it causes pain and muscle tension as well as diminishes the flow of healthy blood to the tissue.

Cupping uses a tool (the cup) to create suction on a specific area of pain. The suction pulls blood to the region to stimulate healing, as it does this it slowly stretches the restricted fascia and helps rehabilitate the injured area. When you have restricted blood flow to an injury, it has a harder time healing. With the use of cupping, as new blood enters the tissue the body begins to develop new blood vessels by a process called 'neovascularization'. When there are new blood vessels, the tissue now can receive fresh oxygen and nutrients and can begin the healing process. When you use multiple cups at a time it helps release the fascial restrictions on a larger scale, sometimes the cups can stretch the fascia up to several inches and sometimes it can be stretched up to several feet.

Benefits of Cupping!
- Cupping can stimulate a whole body relaxation response, oxygenation, and detoxify the blood
- Cupping can help increase range of motion and break up adhesions
- Cupping will promote healing in scar tissue and chronic injuries
- Cupping increases lymphatic drainage and promotes circulation

For more information on cupping click here. And if you're interested in cupping, or have any questions please leave a comment below!

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