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Dynamic Cupping Therapy – Sports Injury, Recovery, & Pain Relief – Utah Sports Chiropractor

Dynamic Cupping Therapy – Sports Injury, Recovery, & Pain Relief – Utah Sports Chiropractor


– Greetings everyone. This is Dr. Reheisse from Revive Sport & Spine near Cottonwood Heights Utah Chiropractic and Sports Injury Specialist. Today we want to talk about Cupping and more specifically Dynamic Cupping. (light music) So as a quick background, a Cupping is traditionally
an ancient Chinese therapy. It’s been around for thousands of years. Typically it uses a glass cup or cylinder, whatever you want to call it. The utilization of heat brings
pressure inside the cup, pulls the tissue into that. Most people are familiar with because it causes the round hickey marks on wherever the Cupping therapy was done. But as we’ve learned more
about movement about the body, what we see these days is more of what’s called Dynamic Cupping, and that is bringing movement
into the equation here. So typically what we’re going to do and I want to demonstrate this. I’m going to use it as
we would on shin splints, a common injury we see here
in the office with runners but this can be used on the low back, the low neck, the upper
back through the traps, the shoulder, many other areas where movement might be restricted. We might have some soft tissue tension, just tight muscles and some pain. So what we want to to do with this, first of all, just bring
blood flow to the area and through that we want
to to create movement and then therefore increase range motion and then decrease pain that way. So, it’s a great tool to
use with other therapies. It wouldn’t be something
that people would come into the office and we would
use as a standalone treatment. But it works very well with
manipulation to the joints, with dry needle therapy
and other therapies such as Graston or Eye stem movements, where we can put the cups on and go through a full range of motion, and also be scraping the area as well. So modern cups usually come
with just a pressure gun and have a pressure valve on them. So typically, we’re going
to put them on the spots, either on or around the
areas of discomfort. We’re going to act like we
have shin splints today. I could always use a
little bit more recovery. So I’m going to work on
just a medial tibial area where shin splints are commonly felt. So we put a cup on an area and we create pressure through there. And what that does is sucks
the tissue up into the cup. I can feel that pressure. And what is happening at least
what we think is going on is, that is stimulating, causing a little bit of
damage to the blood cells. That’s where that bruising come from. And from that, we get
an inflammatory response which is going to bring in a lot of cells that actually heal the area. So if you have some damaged tissue here, that’s one thing that can happen. The second thing that can happen is just the underlying
tissue, we’ve got fossa, we’ve got superficial muscles. What we’re thinking is
more of what’s considered like the sweater effect
or the shirt effect. If I pull my shirt while
I had this tension here, it’s also affecting further away. So if I’m pulling this
tissue into this cup, further away down the stream, or up the stream or
around the front of my leg or back in my leg, it’s causing an effect on that now. And when we get into this dynamic portion, you’re going to see how that affects that. We’re going to walk
around, do some movements and it’s going to change what’s
happening to my lower leg. There’s two ways that we
can make this more dynamic. So the first way is by the practitioner moving the cups around, around the tissue. Now this is an uncomfortable treatment but it works really well. And what that does is they move it, it pulls different tissues in there, allows us to go through tight muscles and dig out some of those adhesions and maybe really find that trouble spot that’s causing the pain. So again, it looks kind of cool. It’s not the most comfortable
thing in the world, but it is effective as
a treatment therapy. So I’m going to leave that one there. I’m going to put another one on. So we’re getting pretty
good suction on this now. The other way we make this
dynamic is by movement. When patients are in the office
and they have the cups on, whether some of the low
back, their shoulder, we want to stimulate some movement. So first of all, I’m just
moving my foot up and down. Well we can go to from here is, I can walk around the office, I can go into a lunge position, I can go to the end range of movement, and while meantime I’m
having these cups on that are causing to pull
that tissue in there, and causing that suction effect. So while I have pretty good tension here, I can fill this spread
about my whole lower leg. And what we’re thinking we’re doing here is increasing circulation, but also we’re affecting
that tissue underneath there, that could be it is tightened up or tryna break that up and loosen up so we can get a good full
function of that lower leg. So as you can see, I’m just walking with this on here. Going through a full range of… In the meantime, these muscles are
contracting underneath there. I can go down into a lunge position and go deep into that
and then come back out. So I have a lot of pressure here. I’m still filling that down here. So I’ve taken the cups off now. Typically we’ll leave these on, anywhere from three to eight minutes depending on how much movement what we’re trying to accomplish. But as you can see, even in probably the three minutes taking me to do this video, I had a pretty good
response around this one, not so much down here. I’m betting that won’t be
a nice bruise tomorrow. But that’s part of just
the circulation increase that you’re going to get to an area and that little bit of
damage to those blood cells into the pores of the the
superficial layers there, is going to cause a little bit
of an inflammatory response. And we know that in inflammation, it’s going to bring in a lot
of healing agents to this area. So that’s part of the
reason why we do this, is if you have an area like
the achilles, lower leg that doesn’t have a great blood flow, and generally takes a bit longer to heal. This is a good way for us to
combined with dry needling and scraping ice tim maneuvers. We can bring it a little bit
more blood for this area, hopefully speed up the healing. Again we use this on everything from running injuries like
shin splints, achilles issues, IT band issues, to low back pain, shoulder tightness and things like that. So if you’ve been
stagnant with your rehab, this might be a good option for you. It’s something we typically
use on about half the patients that come through here. It’s all case dependent. But it is a good tool for us to use, to help you recover faster. (light music)

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