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Jessica Cabac - Cupping

I use cupping in a few different ways. I'm not a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioner. Although I practice Western techniques with a great respect for Eastern treatment philosophy. There are many types of cupping methods. Dynamic Cupping is my method of choice. I can personally say that I have had incredible results with dynamic cupping. One day I asked myself "if I have such great results, why not use cupping on my patients?"

The method used for dynamic cupping starts with lightly lubricating the skin. I place gel/lotion, silicone cups onto a region that I am treating by squeezing the cups and placing them directly onto the skin. When released the "squeeze," it creates a negative pressure within the cup which "sucks" the skin up into the cup. The intensity of the negative pressure depends on the tolerance of the patient. My goal is to pre-stretch the skin and underlying fascia and then to have you slowly move through controlled range of motion exercises in order to increase the effectiveness of the stretch. This is the "dynamic" part of my cupping method. Dynamic cupping, also known as cupping-with-movement, is used to treat certain types of fascial distortions causing muscle pain.

Cupping therapy should NOT be painful! You should experience a warm, pulling sensation during the treatment which lasts around 5-6 minutes. Cupping therapy can improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage. TCM practitioners talk about the release of energy "stagnation" via cupping therapy. Yes, you will have cupping marks on your skin for several days after a treatment. The color and response to the cupping is dependent on the extent of the stiffness or the extent of "stagnation" at the treatment site as well as the amount of time that the cups are in place. TCM practitioners believe that the skin is a mirror of our health. All skin marks that appear as a result of cupping therapy are usually not painful. The discoloration is a result in the change of blood flow through the area. It is not traumatic "bruising." There is no external or internal damage inflicted to the skin and the capillaries do not leak as a result of injury due to trauma. The "bruised" areas will turn yellow green before totally fading away. 

So, I typically perform cupping therapy after I have completed other manual techniques such as compression massage, pin & stretch, Fascial Stretch Therapy or scraping techniques. It is a good way to mobilize the tissue after the other manual therapy techniques. It is just another treatment techniques that I offer at Ironside Training to get you better...faster!

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