Functional Cupping

19- Functional Cupping with Chris Soterakopoulos

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

September 21, 2017

Cupping has finally made it to the modern world since the last Olympics when many of our nation's top athletes were sporting the circular bruises. Cupping has been used in places like China for thousands of years, where it has been integrated into their medical care along with injury care. Our guest today has taken some of the traditional cupping roots and integrated it with his functional movement background to come up with a unique approach to functional cupping.

Chris Soterakopoulos is a physical therapist by trade. Most of his career has been in the functional movement world where he analyzes people in all 3 planes of motion. He went into training on how to use cupping to rehab people from injuries, and he converted his teachings into a method that uses the principles of human movement to fully optimize the functional cupping process. You can listen or watch this episode of Functional Cupping with Chris Soterakopoulus to find out more!

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5:31 – What brought Chris into the Physical Therapy world
7:20 – What does the education from the Gray Institute do to benefit physical therapy practices
8:55 – Functional movement compared to regular movement
10:20 – What is the importance of the developmental phases with children as they grow and learn to move their body
11:55 – Do parents who constantly hold their babies impact their developmental stages?
12:40 – Does a lack on on-ground function lead towards future movement inabilities?
13.50 – How do these functional movements integrate into an assessment of a patient
15:35 – What is cupping and how is it used in Chris's practice
17:40 – How does cupping actually work

18:50 – Most cupping is passive, but this type of cupping is utilizing movements once the cups are on
20:30 – Assessing the calf after patient had a long backpacking trip
22:15 – The cups stick better to the skin when you use lotion on the skin first
24:00 – If the cups are having a hard time staying, you can do some passive stretches first
25:45 – Utilizing a stretch station gives the patient support as you work into the tissue
26:40 – Do not leave the cups on for too long!

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About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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