- Tight muscles
The Sports Therapists at Massage.physio.co.uk use cupping massage techniques to promote relaxation. Relaxation refers to a state of calmness and well-being. Cupping can promote a deep state of relaxation by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system to promote a state of relaxation. Promoting relaxation can be especially beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure, anxiety and stress.
Cupping massage techniques can be used to relieve tight muscles. The cupping technique has the ability to physically lift and stretch the tight muscular fibres. This enables the muscle fibres to relax and increase in elasticity. The circulatory effects of cupping include an increase in temperature via the process of vasodilation. Vasodilation refers to the widening of blood vessels as the smooth muscles surrounding relax. Vasodilation promotes an increase in tissue temperature due to an increase in blood circulation.
Sports Therapists can use cupping techniques to reduce stress. Stress can occur for a number of reasons such as occupational or social demands. The hormonal effects of cupping include a decrease in the release of cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone released during times of stress as part of the “fight” or “flight” response. Prolonged periods of high cortisol levels within the blood can leave the individual feeling anxious, stressed and even depressed. Cupping can reduce the release of cortisol by stimulating the nervous system to replace feelings of stress and anxiety with calmness and relaxation.