At Primal Performance Spine & Sport, We Focus on More Than Just Your Spine
It may seem like cupping has taken the world by storm over the last decade or so, but this type of alternative medicine has been around for thousands of years. When we experience pain or decreased range of motion, our first instincts might be to gravitate toward something compressive in nature, like a massage or a foam roller, especially as athletes. While these methods temporarily relieve pain, they do not increase blood flow or lift the fascial layers from each other the way that myofascial decompression does.
Used on its own or coupled with chiropractic adjustments and soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization (scraping), cupping is an effective way to increase range of motion, decrease tension, and sooth sore muscles. Some of the benefits of cupping include:
- Reduced inflammation
- Increased blood flow
- Reduced scar tissue and adhesion
- Increased range of motion
- Decrease in migraines
What to Expect With Cupping
When you think of cupping, you may picture glass jars and flames. At Primal Performance, the preferred method of cupping is dry cupping with plastic cups because we can control the level of tension. Lotion will help the cups move and glide, and slowly the “suction” will help pull the toxins from your muscles to the surface. Depending on the level of damage to your soft tissue, you will likely have circular marks that can last up to ten days. While these red marks may look painful, cupping is simply a feeling of suction on the skin, and is not a painful technique.
Dr. Maltese was amazing! I had shoulder pain on and off for a few months. I decided to go and see him after hearing how great he was through a friend. He not only zeroed in on the problem within minutes, he also took the time to explain what was going on and his recommendations for treatment. I felt a huge difference after one visit and only had to see him a couple more times. I would highly recommend Dr. Maltese.
Why Cupping is Popular Among Athletes
In sports where we constantly overuse the same muscles, like gymnastics, baseball, swimming, or CrossFit for example, fibrous scar tissue called “adhesions” can build up within the layers of your muscle and fascia. These adhesions are the cause of decreased range of motion and muscle flexibility, and they reduce the strength and stability to nearby joints. In these instances, cupping helps to bring blood flow back to these areas to promote the proper healing of muscles while increasing range of motion. Cupping used in conjunction with chiropractic care has been proven to help athletes considerably with pain management.