> suction cup? as in drain plunger? acuplunger!
They’re like large glass shot-glasses, with a one-way valve to suck out the air.
The rim is moistened and then the “shot-glass” is placed on your skin — in my case it was my back around my munged shoulder. Then they suck out the air with a pump, up to an agreed pressure. Then they repeat for however many suction cups they’re going to use — in my case 12 to 16.
The suction cups “suck” your muscle tissue and nerves off of your bones — literally — sort of like a massage-in-reverse. And they leave perfectly-round deep purple bruises, like you’ve been fighting an octopus. They leave the cups on for about a half hour, and they feel great!
So, you can imagine how well that would work if you had pinched nerves (as I did) that needed to get clear of the joint that was pinching them — there really is no other way short of surgery to do it.
They combine that with acupuncture, which are several dozen ultra-sharp thin needles, strategically placed onto nerve endings. You don’t feel them go in, they’re that sharp. Then they fire a randomly-pulsating electrical current thru two of the needles. This causes your nerves to “fire off” and causes your muscles to contract: it doesn’t hurt, it feels marvelous, better than any massage you have ever had.
I have fallen asleep during acupuncture many, many times. Many people do: it is fantastic sports injury therapy.
I’ll pass in favor of Swedish massage.
Lots of physicians use acupuncture. Cupping, though: not so much. We now have a certified acupuncturist working out of our hospital....I am not aware of the terms of her practice, but it isn’t cheap, while the physicians, AFAIK, can charge for their time, but not for the practice, per se.
There are modalities in massage that involve lifting the muscle off the bone, but after a decent interval of relaxation of that muscle and skin-rolling techniques designed to loosen the bond between the muscle and fascia. It does work well.
Personally, I am not in favor of causing hematomas on clients. I have seen folks after a cupping session. I would rather have deep-tissue massage. But, everyone is different, so of course, keep it up if it works for you.
As a retired medical massage therapist whose husband is still practicing we do not want the government or the insurance companies to cover our work. We experienced this during an experimental program back around 10 years ago. They begin with the authorization process before you can even accept an appointment. Then, they can mandate that their policyholders get preferential appointments, even when they are usually more non-compliant. By the time you are almost out of business, the demand for the preferences for policyholders has decimated any other regular practice. Then they begin to dictate what area you can work (as prescribed by a gatekeeper physician) and for how long (15-minute increments). This is already the norm in PT, as well as limits on number of covered sessions and contributes greatly, IMO, to the number of PT patients who fail their course of treatment and then improve under massage protocols.
Payment is within 120 days, making it difficult to deal with cash flow. Sometimes payments are bundled and paid within 180 days!
We have already spoken to a couple of area D.O.s about becoming gatekeepers if medical massage is mandated for coverage. At least they understand the modality and are too busy being physicians to feel threatened.
I fear that the efficacy of complementary modalities will be undermined if the government or the insurance companies get involved. So far, most of our covered clients are either under a cafeteria section of their policy, which zerO will get rid of, or they are Workman’s comp, where the client pays and is then reimbursed under the policy that pertains. That has worked out alright for both the practitioner and the client.
Are the complementary modalities covered under the public system in NZ?