Suction Cups, a New Treatment Approach at Physiothérapie Boisbriand

The use of suction cups is a therapeutic approach that has been used for hundreds of years by several cultures. Recently, there has been a renewed interest in the use of suction cups as a modality in acupuncture, physiotherapy, and massage therapy in order to address various musculoskeletal problems.

How does it work?

The suction cups we use are either made of silicone or glass. Through a vacum mechanism, it allows to lift, mobilize and stretch the subcutaneous tissues, fasciae, and muscles. The suction cups also improve circulation, relieve congestion and reduce pain in the affected area.

Indications for Suction Cups Treatment

  • Muscle tensions
  • Scars
  • Adhesions
  • Chronic edema
  • Sensitized regions or regions sensitive to touch
  • Trigger points
  • Reduced mobility
  • Sports injuries
  • Cervical, dorsal, lumbar pain etc.

Suction Cups Treatment Objectives

  • Increase blood circulation which improves oxygenation and tissue nutrient supply
  • Decongest the area to be treated and drain the lymph fluid
  • Reduce adhesions and rigidity
  • Decrease chronic edema
  • Release spasms and contractures
  • Reduce the pain
  • Increase neural and muscular mobility

Are There Risks?

Once hygiene procedures are followed and the technique is controlled, there are no significant side effects. As the suction cups increase the vascularity, redness can appear in the dynamic method. Bruises are often observed in the static method, they disappear in a few minutes to several days. There are some contraindications to suction cups treatment, known to therapists who use it.

Treatments can be applied dynamically and statically. They can be applied gently for hypersensitive conditions and more intensely for more congested and tense areas.

Who To Consult?

Many pathologies require good anatomical and physiological knowledge and a good mastery of the technique; therefore, it is recommended that you communicate with your health professionals.

At Physiothérapie Boisbriand, this approach is offered by qualified therapists who can judge the benefit of using suction cups according to your condition.