Caitlyn Michno, DPT, offers dry cupping and massage cupping at RiverView Health.

Whether you’re in pain or looking to improve your overall wellbeing, RiverView Health’s cupping service can be just what you need.

Cupping is an ancient form of therapeutic medicine, the origins of which go back to 1550 BC. The advantages are achieved by creating a negative pressure environment over the treatment area through suction. Various tools can be used, such as glass, silicone, bamboo, and ceramics.

RiverView Health physiotherapist Caitlyn Michno has been offering dry cupping and massage cupping in Crookston since January. She is a certified myofascial (muscle) cupping practitioner and uses silicone cups for patient safety and infection prevention.

More movement, less pain

One of the numerous benefits of therapeutic cupping is the ability to treat myofascial adhesions, or “sticky spots” in a patient’s tissue / skin layers that appear after inflammation or scarring, Michno reported. The decompression that occurs due to the negative pressure environment allows for an increased volume of fluid between the layers of the skin, which helps break down the adhesions to improve the movement of the skin layers. Michno uses this approach when patients report “pulling” or “tensing”, especially long after surgery.

“I am grateful that I can report some successes with the practice,” she said. “What excites me most are the improvements seen in patients with chronic low back pain, especially those who have had multiple surgeries and continue to experience disabling pain. This patient population in particular often exhibits a significant number of myofascial adhesions as a result of recurrent inflammation of the affected area and multiple surgical scars. Cupping was the most effective intervention I found to treat the adhesions and “tension” in the lower back. The patients I have worked with reported significant improvements in their daily lives. today movement and pain. ”

According to Michno, cupping also helps to increase the brain’s awareness of the treatment area. “Studies have shown that people with chronic pain often have decreased sensory representation of this area of ​​the body in their brain. Cupping therapy allows us to increase blood flow and awareness of the area in the brain, and this leads to increased sensory representation over time When our brains are better able to see what is going on in that area with chronic pain, it can better tell whether or not it needs to be in pain, which often leads to a reduction in pain. ”

Along with the relief, according to Michno, there are some minor bruises, a common patient problem. “The discoloration that occurs does not indicate any injury or damage to that area. Instead, it tells us what type of chemical reaction is occurring as a result of the treatment. The chemical reaction that appears does not change our treatment approach or course of treatment considered more significant and represented effectiveness in removing toxins and achieving balance in the body. ”

Treatment of a long list of ailments A.

Healthy patients (anti-aging treatment, rejuvenation purposes) and sufferers find well-being and relief through cupping. Localized conditions that benefit from cupping therapy are headache, lower back pain, neck pain, and knee pain. Systemic diseases that are supported by cupping therapy include high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus, mental disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, and infections. Cupping can be used to treat skin, respiratory, musculoskeletal, digestive, reproductive, and allergic diseases.

The benefits of cupping include:

· Reduced pain and inflammation

· Increased blood flow

· Additional relaxation, well-being and deep tissue massage

· Safe, non-invasive and inexpensive treatment

· Rejuvenation of the body organs

· Facilitates the healing process and strengthens the immune system

Cupping is considered a manual therapy procedure and is billed as part of a typical therapy visit and covered by insurance.

If you are interested in relieving pain or relaxing with cupping, call RiverView’s Rehab Services Department at 281.9463.