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Myofascial cupping: How can it help you?

Do you find that there are certain areas of your body that no matter how much you stretch are always feeling tight? Is that foam roller not working like it used to? Are you forever stretching and not getting any improvements? If the answer is yes than myofascial cupping is for you.

What is myofascial cupping?

Myofascial cupping is the modern way of cupping developed by David Sheehan. Traditionally cupping involved the use of heat (fire) to suction cups onto the body resulting in bruising. However myofascial cupping involves the gliding of negatively pressurised cups over the body that will not result in bruising and should also be relatively pain free to the client.

What are the benefit from myofascial cupping?

Our bodies adapt to our activities of daily living to allow for optimal function. For example: people that have office jobs will often have a rounded posture. This change in posture elicits differing responses on the muscles in our body resulting in muscles at the front to become shortened (tight) and the muscles at the back to become weakened/lengthened. Myofascial cupping allows for us to target the shortened/tight areas of the body. This form of cupping allows soft tissue (muscle and fascia) to be stretched allowing for improvements in joint range of motion. Furthermore, myofascial cupping can also reduce pain and the restrictive movements that have resulted due to repetitive tasks at work, sport or around the home. Myofascial cupping can also reduce the risk of injury and if done regularly may be used as a maintenance tool for musculoskeletal health.

What injuries/conditions can benefit from myofascial cupping?

  • Total knee replacements
  • Total hip replacements
  • Postural imbalances
  • Plantar fasciitis + heel spurs
  • Breathing problems
  • Kyphosis and scoliosis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Burns/scars

If you are still unsure whether myofascial cupping can benefit you, ask your exercise physiologist at Optimum Health Solutions today. Make sure that you book in to see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at one of our Optimum studios by calling us at (02) 8599 6275.

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