If you’ve ever watched Olympic Swimming, Beach Volleyball or Gymnastics you most likely noticed red circular marks on the athletes. These marks come from a sports rehab technique called cupping. Cupping made its trendy debut in the 2016 Olympics with Michael Phelps 4X100 Relay performance. It resurged again in Tokyo in swimming and beach volleyball. However cupping is not as trendy as Twitter makes it seem. It is actually an ancient Chinese massage technique designed to decompress the muscles and stimulate blood flow to the area. The increase in blood flow improves circulation and enhances the body’s natural healing process. Many athletes enjoy cupping because it decreases their recovery time and boosts their immune system!
Thankfully cupping isn’t exclusive to elite level athletes. The technique has seen drastic improvement in interest around the country and patients are loving it. Alice, a patient in a trial done at Harvard Health, stated “I was skeptical at first as many people are with these kinds of things but I what do I have to lose and gave it a shot. My only regret I have to say is that I didn’t find it sooner. I am just over 2 months pain and symptom free! “ Acupuncturists, Chiropractors and Physical Therapists use the technique to help patients suffering from chronic low back pain, sciatica, chronic migraine, chronic neck pain and more. Dr. Haroun at Living Well Balanced in Manhattan uses the technique quite frequently! Check out the video below for a detailed view on cupping.
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