Myofascial Decompression Cupping

2.6 CUPPING MARKS

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WHAT IS A CUPPING MARK?

  • Cupping Marks can appear after cupping usually in the shape of the cup used and can range from Clear – Pink- Speckled- Red- Maroon- Purple – Blisters – Bloody- Blanched
  • Cupping Marks can last from a few seconds, minutes or hours after the treatment to up to 3 weeks for darker marks.
  • Cupping Marks generally appear in tissue that has has stagnation of interstitial debris which can include old blood, cellular lymph, metabolic waste, medications, toxins, foreign objects and other debris. Many times you will have no cupping mark from an area where the tissue is soft pliable with good blood flow and oxygen.

These marks look similar to Bruises, but if cupping is performed correctly, these marks should not be  BRUISES and you should be referred to as marks and not bruises.

 

BRUISE

  • Bruises are typically tender to the touch
  • Definition of Bruise: an injury appearing as an area of discolored skin on the body, caused by a blow or impact rupturing underlying blood vessels.  Or A contusion, commonly known as a bruise, is a type of hematoma of tissue in which capillaries and sometimes venules are damaged by trauma, allowing blood to seep, hemorrhage, or extravasate into the surrounding interstitial tissues.
  • Cupping Performed incorrectly can result in bruises
  • Cupping should never be painful

 

CUPPING MARK

    • Light Red or Pink Speckling- Fresh, superficial stagnation. Can Signify acute condition, recent injury or current emotional stressor
    • Dark Red or Purple – Chronic, deeper stagnation, can be from old injury, surgery, deep bruise from years earlier or chronic stressor
    • Purple and Raised –  Thicker debris, old blood deposits, deposits can be palpated by rubbing finger over mark, discontinue cups for the session on those areas.  These areas can progress to bruises if continued.
    • Gray –  Smoke, 1st or 2nd hand. Campfires, Firefighters
  • Yellow- Hue – Stagnant Lymph, Congestion, Medications,
  • White/Blanched – Deficiency could be poor circulation
  • Green – Anesthesia, toxins, pathogens, pesticides, air pollution

 

Most Western Modern Cupping Classes teach minimization of cupping marks while Traditional Cupping typically reveals vivid cupping marks

WHY THE DIFFERENCE?

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