Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
Benefits of Therapeutic Cupping
- Cupping encourages circulation– Skin, muscles, and visceral organs all respond positively to the promotion of this delicate process
- Cupping alleviates adhesions. Adhesions are defined as any two anatomical surfaces stuck or growing together that do not naturally connect usually due to injury or inflammation.
- Cupping increases muscular hydration– The ability to lift and separate tissue while simultaneously offering hydration that was previously restricted is incredibly therapeutic.
- Cupping can lift, rehydrate, and manipulate fascia- A fascia is a form of connective tissue that envelops all muscle tissues. Is interwoven throughout all structures of anatomy, and contributes to maintaining the structural integrity of the entire human body. Cupping forces hydration to pass through these fluid rich structures, which can improve pliability to what may have been otherwise dehydrated and therefore adhered structures.
- Cupping encourages neovascularization– Neovascularization is the process by which new blood vessels form from already existing healthy vessels, bringing a fresh supply of nutrients and oxygen to previously deficient tissues, this application can speed the recovery process.
- Cupping can cause micro-trauma in tissues– Although this response sounds counterproductive, cupping can bring about beneficial inflammation to encourage deep-seated restrictions to clear and rebuild healthy tissue, thus encouraging the body’s own process of regeneration.
- Cupping can alleviate excessive pressure on sensory organs in soft tissue, which leads to a reduction in pain. – When soft tissue is restricted, it can cause the nerve endings that respond to pain to become overactive, stuck in a state of pain alert. Cupping encourages these tight tissues to relax, thereby releasing the tension on the sensory organs involved.