Cupping pulls blood into a region to stimulate healing. It is effective at stretching tight fascia and muscles. Cupping helps tissue develop new blood flow and stimulates the healing process. Cupping is a popular and highly effective technique that can be found in many different cultures such as; Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Through accumulative repetitive strain or inactivity the blood supply to tissues decreases and the fascia gets knotted and scarred, which causes pain, tension and a lack of range of movement.
The use of Dry Cupping, in likeness with manual massage therapy, can aid these effects by increasing blood supply to the muscle, fascia and skin. Dry cupping lifts the tissues rather than compressing them as massage does.
Initially Dry Cupping pulls blood into an area. The tissue becomes saturated with fresh blood while the vacuum pulls stagnant blood out of the area. This is demonstrated by the hickey like appearance that is typically left behind. The mark may produce a pink, red, white, black or blue appearance but is rarely painful.
As new blood is forced into the tissues around the cups the body will begin to develop new blood vessels called neovascularisation (new blood vessel formation). As the new vessels form they will have capability to feed the tissues with nutrients and oxygen.