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Acupuncture Therapy

Myofascial Decompression (Cupping)

Woman receiving myofascial decompression cupping therapy on back

From an Eastern Perspective

Currently one of the most sought after treatments in the country, cupping has been utilized in medicine for centuries. As an alternative modality, cupping can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including fevers, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, poor appetite, indigestion, acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, anemia, arthritis, nasal congestion, infertility, menstrual cramping, dysmenorrhea, and overall pain.

Eastern philosophy: “Where there is stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation and you will remove the pain.”

Pain results from the congestion, stagnation, and blockage of Qi, or vital energy, vital fluids, lymph, phlegm, and blood. If pain is the essence of disease, then suffering is a result of obstructed or irregular flow in the body. Chinese cupping is therefore a method of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of energy.

Woman receiving myofascial decompression cupping therapy on back along spine
Woman receiving myofascial decompression cupping therapy on upper back

From a Western Perspective

Myofascial Decompression (cupping) offers myofascial mobility & neuromuscular re-education. Negative pressure tools used in “cupping” are a movement based set of manual therapy treatment techniques which evolved out of addressing sports and orthopedic injuries that do not respond to traditional joint mobilizations, other soft tissue interventions or therapeutic exercise.

At CAMISA, we use this technique to treat the root cause of the problem, being connective tissue matrix dysfunction or fascial plane restriction, to promote freedom of movement, pain-free movement, and neuromuscular retraining. Cupping helps to mechanically break up the adhesions, or the “fuzz”, between fascial layers to restore sliding which enables movement & releases stress concentrations in the tissues.

Cupping resets the neurological tone and oxygenates the muscle to accelerate tissue healing, increase blood flow, reduce inflammation and improve function.

Whether receiving treatment under the Eastern or Western perspective, cupping removes toxins, increases blood flow, reduces pain, and promotes healing and relaxation.

What are the Benefits of Cupping?

  • Improved circulation
  • Improved flexibility
  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Relaxation
  • Immune support
  • Increased joint range of motion

What Conditions Can Cupping Treat?

  • Acne
  • Acute & Chronic Pain
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back Pain
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Cellulite
  • Cholesterol (lowering)
  • Depression
  • Disc Herniation
  • Dyspnea
  • Eczema
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gynecological problems
  • Herpes Zoster
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hives
  • Knee Pain
  • Migraines
  • Neck Pain
  • Rheumatic Diseases 
  • Shoulder Pain
  • and more

Multiple Modality Approach

Cupping can be performed in combination with acupuncture, Frequency Specific Microcurrent, and/or other modalities. At CAMISA, our physical therapists and acupuncturist use cupping to treat a wide range of conditions.  Patients are fully assessed and treated according to their symptoms, diagnosis and health goals. Cupping is applied anywhere on the body or face, and can be used in athletic recovery, disease prevention, pain management, and more.