What’s the Deal With Cupping?

You’ve probably seen the photos and articles circulating about interesting marks on Olympic athlete’s bodies this year. Although this treatment has only recently gotten national exposure, it’s been around for a very long time! It’s not just a fad therapy being used by celebrities, and can be a very effective treatment for a variety of ailments.

The technique is called “therapeutic cupping,” which is delivered through the use of special suction cups. The original method involved inserting a flame in a glass cup, then quickly placing the cup on the skin creating a vacuum and the skin is pulled up into the cup. This method dates back not just decades, but centuries.


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