cupping - promote healing - aligned medicalFebruary 2017 Newsletter: Cupping techniques were originally developed thousands of years ago and have been most popularly utilized as a traditional Chinese medicine treatment. Cupping therapy has been used over the years to mobilize blood flow in order to promote healing. Traditionally, the use of cupping assisted to reduce stagnation of qi along channels. In recent year the use of this ancient healing art has gained interest of celebrities, healthcare practitioners and every day people seeking safe treatment for pain.

Current terminology for cupping is Myofascial Decompression Therapy. Much like it sounds, the cups are used to decompress soft tissues (muscle, tendon, ligaments and fascia) of the body. Fascia is dense connective tissue made up of collagen fibers. Fascia surrounds muscles, nerves and vessels as well as organs. Basically, its the tough stuff that keeps everything where it’s supposed to be and allows us to move without displacing our spleens and livers and such.
Lets talk about the fascial connection as it pertains to the musculoskeletal system. Muscles are surrounded by and interact with one another with the assistance of the fascia. When there is injury, either chronic or traumatic, the fascia is also affected, not just the muscles, ligaments and tendons. If the network of fascial planes is disrupted due to scar tissue adhesions (sometimes referred to as knots), restrictions in function and mobility will result. When you don’t move well, your body suffers. Faulty biomechanics (the way the body moves) can lead to pain and altered function which can dramatically affect the way you perform activities every day and keep you from doing the things you love.
Why does all of this matter? Because, when the body moves with altered function, joint surfaces can wear unevenly, which can not only be painful, but may progress to joint damage and arthritis.
Functional problems are easier to address than structural problems. Soft tissues are more pliable and reactive to change than bony/joint structures. Using cupping therapy, you are able to focus and fix the muscular imbalances, improve joint mobility and strengthen what has become weak and you may avoid painful long term damage!