Feeling the need for cupping in Albury Wodonga?

Many of our Osteopaths in Albury Wodonga use cupping on clients when they feel it may be beneficial. Our therapist, who have completed further training in this ancient art, are able to use this adjunctive therapy to help aid you in a speedy recovery from your injury.

What is cupping?
Cupping involves placing a specially designed cup, generally plastic or glass, on your skin for a few minutes under suction. It is believed to affect the underlying connective tissue, in particular the extremely strong fascia. Cupping has been hypothesised to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and general well-being.

Cupping aims to:

  • Restore healthy, functioning movement.
  • Decrease areas of restriction causing pain.
  • Achieve client specific functional goals and movement.
  • Better facilitate the release of connective tissue by recruiting motor pathways.
  • Provide a new input to the nervous system; changing dysfunction, deformations and pain.

What conditions can cupping help with?
Cupping can be a versatile treatment tool that can be used to aid in the recovery from a range of conditions, including pain, tensions and/or stiffness in :

  • Neck
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Hips
  • Hamstrings
  • Calf

Why does it leave purple spots?

The suction created on the skin by the vacuum in the cup is so strong that often leaves purple spots. These purple spots are believed to be due to small, superficial blood vessels popping as the skin is sucked into cup, thus leaving behind little bruises on the surface of the skin. Occasionally these can be tender, like a normal bruise, for a few days after treatment but generally start to disappear not long after that.

What to expect in your consult?

Your initial consultation will involve a comprehensive assessment where we ascertain your relevant past history, including previous injuries and medical history, followed by a physical exam to determine not only the diagnosis but also find the root cause of your problem. This will be discussed with you and a treatment plan will be formulated to accommodate your needs.

The treatment itself will vary from individual to individual, but will often include a combination of hands on therapies, dry needling, taping, advice, exercise prescription as well as other options.


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