Dry Needling/Cupping

By: Back on Trak Health  30-Oct-2010
Keywords: Back Pain, Remedial Massage, Stress


Myofascial Dry Needling addresses dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system of the chronic and extremely sensitive nature. (ie fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments, surrounding tissues and nervous system). The use of  Dry Needling for treatment upon the body is a more direct approach and  produces less discomfort than standard deep tissue massage or most manual techniques.

The application of Dry Needling will depend upon the client’s condition. Techniques could be superficial (ie the needle is inserted 5-10mm) into skin or deeper. The techniques application may be Passive or active (involves needle manipulation).

   Cupping Cupping is used to expel toxins from areas of pain and tightness and uses plastic cups, held by suction, to massage the body. The action on the nervous system can be sedating and the client can experience a deep state of relaxation. Traditionally the cups are placed on the back, shoulders and lower back. After treatment clients can experience a feeling of lightness and flexibility in the area which was creating pain or range of movement restrictions. Cupping can be either stationary or in massage. Stationary cups are left on the skin for 5 to 15 minutes to facilitate the release of stagnant blood, pathogenic factors and dispel internal heat. Massage cupping uses oil so the cup can glide over the skin to release tension and congestion in the muscles. Most cupping procedures will create a red to dark red circle on the skin but will disappear within 2 to 7 days. Other conditions that respond well to cupping massage therapies include: fibromyalgia, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, sciatica, and asthma.  

Keywords: Back Pain, Headaches, Neck Pain, Remedial Massage, Sciatica, Stress

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