Spine Space Chiropractic in Melton focuses on providing the best care and results, and cupping is another technique your Chiro will use to maximise your care.

Functional release cupping takes on the traditional concept of myofascial cupping and adds another layer of benefit by adding movement. In conventional cupping, the patient lays still; in functional cupping, the patient adds motion. Functional cupping aims to work with the patient’s individual needs, improving the function of the patient’s movement deficits.

Cupping is a therapy in which glass or plastic suction cups are placed on body regions, usually where muscles are tight most. A handheld pump is used on the cups to create the suction. We do not use heat or flames in this process. The suction of the cups then benefits the injured or tight area. The cups may be left in one spot (parked) or gently moved around with suction. The cupped region will flush with blood flow, leaving a red or purple mark behind, which is a sign of release in most cases.

Cupping works by drawing blood to the desired area via suction. When blood is drawn to the region, it increases the hydration and circulation of nutrients to promote healing and recovery. The suction also works by decompressing the muscles and the layer of fascia and skin around them, allowing the muscles to relax and separate.

As explained above, these marks occur after the cupping process and usually indicate the severity of the treated region. The spots or marks are painless and occur when the suction causes blood to flush to the top layer of the skin. These marks usually last anywhere from a couple of days to a week. You may also notice that some marks are different colours than others, and we will explain why.

Red: Pink to red marks indicate more muscle tightness in that region. Quite often, this is the most common coloured spot.
Purple: Dark red to purple usually indicates tissue swelling/injury. Usually, where pain and dysfunction occur the most is where you would find these. However, in some cases, they may also indicate the duration and intensity of the cupping itself.

Functional cupping aims to work with your individual needs, improving the function of your movement deficits.

Why Choose Functional Release Cupping?

  • To restore healthy & functional movement of muscles and joints
  • Reduces pain and tightness in muscles
  • Promotes good circulatation
  • Promotes good recovery
  • Works to improve your kinetic chain movement
  • Improves performance

We focus on providing the best care and results, and cupping is another technique your Chiro will use to maximise your care.

Cupping can benefits these common conditions:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle tightness, especially with traps, hips, legs and calves
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tennis elbow

Note: Your Chiropractor will examine a case history and determine whether cupping suits you.

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