Our Sports Therapist Katie now offers dry cupping as a new type of treatment at our clinic, so we caught up with her to find out more about how it works…
Our body starts to degenerate at an increased rate from around 40 years old, which includes loss of muscle, increased adhesions in fascia and a decrease in blood flow. A reduction in blood supply to our tissues results in limited movement as the fascia becomes knotted and scarred.
Dry cupping helps to overcome this by pulling blood to the area by way of a lift caused by suction in a vacuum, using small cups which are placed on the skin. The tissues underneath the cups are then saturated with fresh blood which encourages the body to develop new blood vessels. This is called neovascularisation. These new vessels have the capability to feed the deprived tissues with nutrients and oxygen, therefore aiding the lymphatic system to remove toxic irritants.
Cupping can be used opposed to neuromuscular or trigger point therapy whereby the therapist presses a tender area causing discomfort, reducing the pressure once the discomfort subsides. Hence, cupping can be a gentler form of therapy, reducing discomfort throughout the treatment. This type of treatment can also be used if an area is less responsive to massage.
The theory behind dry cupping is fascinating and it really does work wonders. If you’d like to book in for a dry cupping treatment, you can do so by selecting any appointment with Katie through our online booking system or by calling 01249 445426. Let us know if you have any questions!