Use of Silicone Cups for Self-Myofascial Release

Silicone Cups
Silicone cups can help improve circulation, release fascia and relax muscles. Select the size of cup that best matches the size of the area you want to release. Choose a larger cup for an area like the thigh and back and smaller one for the forearm or foot.
Apply light massage oil or lotion to the treatment area. Secure cup to the skin by squeezing or pressing on the cup to create the negative pressure required to create a seal. Once the right pressure is obtained, slide the cup back and forth, push and pull it or leave it in place for up to three minutes to provide deep stimulation to the underlying tissue.
Caution
Care must be taken to prevent over stimulation of the tissues. Gentle redness will occur and is desirable as a sign of increased circulation. Often a red speckled appearance or bruise can develop which indicates tightness of tissue beneath. While the bruising can be therapeutic you must let the skin restore itself for a few days before continuing to cup.
 
Cupping on the face is not recommended and should be done with care as the facial tissues are more sensitive. Leave on for no longer than 30 seconds.
 
Contraindications
  1. Do not cup over bleeding or infected areas, dermatitis or injured skin
  2. Do not use if you have a bleeding disorder like hemophilia or leukaemia
  3. Do not use over the abdomen during pregnancy
  4. If you are suffering from chronic disease like congestive heart failure, renal failure or peripheral edema, do not use cupping therapy
  5. Do not cup over the eye, ear, nose, mouth, nipple, genitals as areas of superficial arteries like the neck.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Medical grade silicone cups are safe, hygienic and resilient. To clean, wash in hot water with dish soap or an antibacterial soap. After washing, the cups can be wiped with alcohol or placed in boiling water for two to three minutes. Silicone cups are also dishwasher safe.
 
Service Life
High quality silicone cups can last up to five years. The cup may become discoloured over time, but this does not impact its function. When suction is no longer easily attained, the cup edges have deteriorated and it is time for replacement.
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