Soft Tissue Cupping
In Cupping therapy, cups are applied to the affected areas and suction is used to create a vacuum within the cups. This causes the skin and underlying tissues to be slightly drawn up into the cup, resulting in improved blood flow to the area and leaving the flesh slightly bruised when finished. The enhanced blood flow and subsequent healing process help to flush out waste products and dilute inflammatory agents. Cupping can also stimulate the mechanoreceptors of painful areas or muscle knots, disrupting the neurological feedback loop that was causing the muscle tension and pain.