Cupping therapy experienced massive exposure in the media due to the 2016 Olympics. The swimmers, in particular, were treated with this technique to assist resolution of overuse and muscular injury issues between races. The reddened skin rings were a curiosity to people watching the games, and many of our clients have inquired about this practice.
What Is Cupping?
Cupping therapy is an ancient medical treatment that relies upon creating a local suction to mobilize soft tissues, blood and lymph flow in order to promote healing. Dry cupping is used specifically in physical therapy as a form of soft tissue mobilization by using myofascial decompression to release tissue restrictions in skin and muscle. It is thought to promote local circulation in the cupped region.