Cupping does not have to be static, you can add movement!
We can move the cups, or we can have the patient move while the cup are statically in place.
We start with clocking: move the cups in all directions of the clock: from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock, from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock, etc. evaluate to see in what direction you get most resistance and focus on that movement.
Then we start moving the patient, while we have cups applied to the area that we want to treat.
In this example we use the cat/camel stretch to improve mobility in the lumbar spine. With the cup we provide an additional sense of stretching, so even though the patient is not moving that much, the brain will experience a larger ROM as result of the cups. Since this is novel and non-threatening, the brain will allow for it by reducing its muscle tone. This reduction in tone will allow the patient to have less pain pain and more mobility.