What is Cupping?

Myofascial decompression can be performed through the use of cupping. Traditional cupping involves using glass cups with a quick flash of a flame to create negative pressure inside the cup and the cups are placed in one spot for a short length of time. Often, circular marks remain on the skin from the negative pressure of the cups.

Another option is the flexible silicone cup which provides easy assessment of the degree of decompression. Massage cupping (i.e. gliding or sliding cupping) involves the use of a cream or oil which allows the flexible silicone cup to be glided along the skin. Massage cupping can be used to decrease myofascial restrictions and decrease trigger points (tender tissue within muscle).