Do you sit in front of a computer all day and begin to notice pains in your shoulders and neck?
Remember that accident you had several years ago that didn’t seem to leave lasting problems but lately you wake up with low back pain?
The culprit could lie within the fascia.
Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together, the connective tissue network.
Fascia is essential between stability and movement — crucial in high performance, central in recovery from injury and disability, and ever-present in our daily lives.
Scar tissue and adhesions within muscles and fascia are formed, which limits motion and often causes pain. Scar tissue and adhesions essentially act like super glue in your body. When scar tissue is created after injury, new cells are laid down excessively and in a disorganized manner. Scar tissue/adhesions prevent the muscle or other tissues from lengthening appropriately.
It is often necessary for a therapist to restart the healing process in order to remodel the soft tissues in the affected area. Scar tissue can be remodeled so that the cells become organized in a direction that better promotes movement.
Myo-fascial release through decompression or (cupping) therapy is very beneficial for these issues. The pulling of the tissue breaks up the scar tissue and adhesions and allows blood and oxygen to flow into the damaged tissues. The dead cells and toxins are then released into your lymphatic system for disposal. Apart from the immediate realization of increased range of motion and decrease in pain, the process is usually quite comfortable and after a few sessions it becomes very relaxing.
Also, it is crucial to maintain hydration so that the fascial fibers can glide and do not become sticky or stuck. Drinking water is vital but some of the tissues are too dehydrated to absorb the water. Cupping and lifting the tissues manually helps to move the fluids.
The cups should be used in a moving cross fiber motion and a pulling vertical action to promote the elimination of lymphatic fluid and cellular waste along with stationary cups on the trigger points and fascia groups.
Dana Russell, the Cupping Guru, combines this therapy with massage, heat and medicinal grade essential oils for a very effective therapeutic experience.