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Cupping with Dr. Stevie

Therapeutic Cupping
 

Therapeutic Cupping has become very popular in recent years. So what is it, and why does everyone, from adolescents to elite athletes, seem to love them!

What is cupping?

Cupping has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and many other ancient forms of medicine for thousands of years. When cups are placed on the skin, they create a vacuum or suction, which pulls the skin up into the cup. Cups come in a variety of forms, but in our office we use silicone cups that are placed on or around the treatment area.

Types of cupping

Static cupping is when the cup is placed on the skin and left to pull blood flow in and help get the lymphatic system flowing.
Dynamic cupping, or ‘running’ with the cup, occurs when you apply lotion on the area, place the cup on the skin, and then glide the cup along the skin. Another way to do this is to place the cup on the skin, then move the body part, either through simple range of motion, or slow controlled exercises. These primarily target the fascia and encourage movement between tissues.

Benefits
 

Cupping can help improve the flow of blood and lymphatic systems. This essentially helps flush out old waste and inflammatory products from the area, while bringing in nutrients and oxygen for the local tissues.

If you create movement either by moving the cup, or moving the body while they are attached, we are able to also get fascial movement. Fascia is the connective tissue within the body, which covers and connects muscles, nerves, bones, vasculature and organs. When there is inflammation or lack of movement in an area, this fascia can become sticky and not allow proper glide between all the connecting tissues. Reintroducing this glide back into the tissues can be great to improve range of motion, decrease tension and help with pain.

This is a great tool to use alongside and augment other treatments.

What does it feel like?

Most people really look forward to the cupping portion of treatment! It is admittedly a bit of an odd sensation as you feel the skin being suctioned into the cup, but is often quite comfortable. Areas with more tension or more chronic issues, can create more of a pinch type feeling. When we begin moving cups, patients are more likely to experience the pinching type of sensation. As always the amount of suction placed on the cup is very individual and we make sure that any discomfort is minimal and always to the patient’s tolerance.

 
What will it look like after/ does it leave marks?
 

Cupping often leaves round marks varying in darkness resembling a bruise. As cupping has become more popular over the past decade you may have seen these marks on friends or athletes on TV. These marks typically last anywhere from 3-7 days before fading away on their own. Although they look like bruises, the good news is they are quite comfortable and don’t FEEL like bruises!

Happy to help.

Still have question? That is ok! Dr. Stevie offers a free 15 minute consultation! 
drstevie@themassageclinic.ca

Let’s Talk Meniscus Injury

Meniscus injury

The menisci lie on the inside and outside of the knee joint and serve as “shock absorbers” between the thigh and the lower leg.

Causes

Meniscus injuries are typical knee injuries in a number of sports, they are particularly common, for instance, in football players.

However, half of all meniscus injuries are caused by permanent stresses and strains, above all in occupations that primarily involve kneeling.

The turning movements of the body, with the foot held still and the knee joint flexed, crushes the meniscus causing it to tear or even be torn away from the bone (often the inner meniscus). Ligament injuries in the knee joint are often also combined with meniscus tears, because the traumatic events for meniscus and ligament injuries in the knee are similar.

Quick operation, quick healing

First aid for a meniscus injury consists of cooling the joint and supporting the knee with elastic supports if necessary.

Surgery soon after a meniscus tear gives the best result. Arthroscopic knee operations are seen as the method of choice these days.

The doctor can both examine and immediately operate on the joint through a “keyhole” in the knee. If necessary, the separated parts of the meniscus can be removed; in the case of longitudinal tears, refixation is often successful.

No sporting activities should be pursued for at least one week after the operation.

But after that it is possible to start loading the joint again. The patient is free to play all sports again once there is no longer any pain and the function of the muscles over the front of the thigh and the range of joint movement are satisfactory, which should be accomplished after about six to eight weeks.

Although special rehabilitation measures are not absolutely necessary, treatment always includes exercises for strengthening and loosening the muscles (in particular, the muscles over the front of the thigh).

Orthoses give the knee joint additional stability after the operation and promote proprioception and the healing process.


We have a wide selection of braces to help support you in your recovery. 

The Genumedi pro knee brace is an innovative orthosis for physiological guidance of the knee joint. The Genumedi pro can be used to treat mild to moderate instability of the knee joint, oesteoarthritis of the knee and mild meniscus injuries.  

The M.4s OA is a 4-point knee brace for control of anterior and posterior tibial translation offering a 3-point off-loader for varus or valgus pressure relief. It offers protection, stabilisation and pain relief whilst restoring mobility. The 4-point principle counteracts knee instability, often a cause of osteoarthritis. It safeguards against hyperextension and offers limitation of flexion and extension. The “S” profile improves torsional stability whilst following the natural alignment of femur and tibia.

The M.4s comfort is a functional knee brace. The product is exclusively to be used for the orthotic fitting of the knee and only on intact skin.

Details:

  • Optimal stabilization using 4-point principle
  • Safe collateral stabilization by ridged Frame
  • Extension and flexion limitation protects against damaging joint movements and relieves injured structures
  • Optimal imitation of Knee movement by using patented physioglide Hinge Technology

Sometimes we need a little more support.

Orthopedic braces and splints 


We offer a wide range of orthopedic braces and splints to help in your rehabilitation process. 

Orthopedic braces and splints help protect, stabilize, support and correct injuries or abnormal alignment through the process of rehabilitation and recovery.

They are commonly used and prescribed for injury rehabilitation, injury prevention, osteoarthritic care, post-operative care and more.

We cover all areas of orthopedic braces and splints. From wrists, elbows, backs, knees and ankles, we have a support for you! 

The M.4s comfort is a functional knee brace. The product is exclusively to be used for the orthotic fitting of the knee and only on intact skin.

Details:

  • Optimal stabilisation using 4-point principle
  • Safe collateral stabilisation by riged Frame
  • Extension and flexion limitation protects against damaging joint movements and relieves injured structures
  • Optimal imitation of Knee movement by using patented physioglide Hinge Technology

Indications:

  • Conservative / postoperative after cruciate ligament ruptures (isolated or with accompanying injuries)
  • Conservative / postoperative after collateral ligament ruptures with meniscus lesions
  • Conservative in the case of knee instability (isolated or combined)

Epicomed®
Compression support for tender elbow joints

The Epicomed elbow support was specifically designed for the treatment of chronic post-operative and post-traumatic inflammation. The compressive knitted fabric and silicone insert exert a massage effect which assists the healing process. Furthermore specific areas of pressure are aimed at reducing pain and relieving tension at the tendon inserts.

Details:

  • Anatomically tailored knitted support with textured silicone support pads
  • Removable strap for individual pressure adjustment
  • Specially knitted Comfort Zone at the crease of the elbow prevents constriction
  • High elasticity, breathable and moisture transporting Clima Comfort knitted fabric

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