You may not have heard of cupping therapy before, but it certainly isn’t a new technique. Records show that cupping dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and even Middle Eastern cultures – as far back as 1550B.C! As you may have guessed, cupping therapy involves the use of special cups. These cups may be made from a variety of materials, including glass, silicone, and even bamboo. When they are placed onto the skin, negative pressure is created in the cup; either by applying a flame to the cup to remove oxygen before placing it onto the skin or by attaching a suction device to the cup after it is placed onto the skin. Cups are left in place for a few minutes before being removed.
Problems can occur anywhere in our body, including in our spine, which is a crucial structure in our body. Comprised of a column of small bones interspaced with spongy, circular discs to give the structure flexibility to bend, twist and absorb impacts, our spine also contains countless nerves.
In many instances, the Graston technique is combined with therapeutic massage. This helps to relieve tension that the patient may be holding in their body by relaxing the muscles. In addition, any scar tissue that may have formed internally as a result of traumatic injury or surgery may be broken down. This is important as excessive scar formation can actually inhibit movement and cause significant discomfort.