Jeremy Ashburn: Hey guys, I’m Jeremy Ashburn and I’ve got Mike Krizek, one of the many medical massage therapists here at Hawkridge Therapeutic. Today, we’re talking about vacuum therapy. Now, vacuum therapy is one of the really unique and interesting types of therapy that you guys do and I wanted to have you explain to everybody what’s is all about.
Mike Krizek: Sure, I’d love to explain it. A lot of people confuse when they confuse vacuum therapy with Asian cupping. Asian cupping has been around a very long time and it’s done with glass cups, but it’s used with flame to create the vacuum within the cup. When you place the flame within the cup, it takes the oxygen out and it’s placed on the skin. Those cups are placed in specifics and they’re basically stationary. With vacuum therapy, it’s a modern day version of cupping, but it goes a step further. Basically, we have machine that creates a vacuum and we can control how much vacuum is applied to a specific area. The reason for the regulation of it is a lot times with the Asian therapies, you will find that there is a lot of marking left behind.
Some of the markings can be created from interstitial fluid that pulled up into the tissue, but I will say more in my experience it creates hematomas. Hematomas are breaking of find capillaries, just through excessive vacuuming will break up those small capillaries leaving the hematoma, aka black and blue mark. This system was created many years ago by a gal by the name of Anita Shannon; you can look her up on massagecupping.com. Here, we have a machine that we can regulate the vacuum and regulating the vacuum, it allows us to work at specific times with a particular client. In other words, we’re able to dial down the vacuum so we can start to work a particular condition.
For example, I’m just going to illustrate what this is. When you lift the tissue under vacuum, I’m going to hold it up so you can see how much tissue I’m lifting here.
Jeremy Ashburn: Turn your arm just a little bit.
Mike Krizek: Is that better?
Jeremy Ashburn: Yeah.
Mike Krizek: As I release the vacuum, the tissue has a little bit of redness. That hyperemia is interstitial fluid that has come into the specific area we may be working on. Interstitial fluids will soften the surrounding tissue and then allow us to manipulate it better, whether it’s manual therapy techniques or if it’s specific we’re working on scar tissue, this will allow it to soften the surrounding area. This system’s also very good at reducing edema. A lot of times through injury or postsurgical situations, we can reduce the edema using the vacuum system. These cups are typically moved on the body. You would start out suction and releasing a specific area, opening up the area allowing us to drain and/or start to work the actual tissue.
With the suction and release technique, you also develop a natural collagen will return to the areas creating more elasticity to the skin, thus creating healing process also. That’s just a general overview of vacuum therapy.
Jeremy Ashburn: Wow. Well, if you want to learn to more, you could call Hawkridge Therapeutic and there’s a number of medical massage therapists that work here.
Mike Krizek: That’s correct.
Jeremy Ashburn: Along with Mike. The number is 828-277-7672 and hawkridgetherapeutic.com is the actual website. You can actually make your appointment right there from the website. Now, is a physician’s referral recommended? Yes.
Mike Krizek: Yes.
Jeremy Ashburn: But, not required.
Mike Krizek: Another thing too is if you want to see some of the before and after pictures of previous clients, please visit our website again, hawkridgetherapeutic.com, and you will see some before and after tab that you can take a look. It’s a variety of conditions in there, everything from knees to ankles to facial and breast tissue work that we’ve done with the vacuum therapy system.
Jeremy Ashburn: Well, thanks for your time.
Mike Krizek: Thank you. Appreciate it.