Myofascial cupping is a therapy that applies cups to the skin through use of reduced pressure inside the cup. This reduced pressure draws and holds the skin, fascia and muscles up inside the cup, producing a range of potential health benefits.
Cupping is perhaps best known as a form of alternative Chinese medicine, and is an ancient therapy whose use has been recorded in ancient Greece, Egypt, and China. Myofascial cupping differs from Chinese cupping in that it is specifically designed to target the muscular-skeletal system.
By targeting the muscular-skeletal system, myofascial cupping appears to assist in activation of increased function in the lymphatic system, allowing for better toxin release. Cupping may also promote improved circulation and deep tissue repair.
Cupping is often used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure, back pain, neck pain, headache, anxiety, and general fatigue.
The cups are applied by creating a vacuum inside the cup – once the cup is applied to the skin, the skin and muscle naturally draws upwards. Many people find this gentle process produces a relaxing effect. Cupping has been referred to as the inverse of massage; as the muscles are drawn upwards instead of having pressure applied down as in massage, a similar relaxing sensation is achieved.