Cupping was in the news when US swimmer Michael Phelps and many other athletes were spotted with the telltale circles on their backs during the 2016 Olympic Games.
These sports stars rely on the Chinese medicine technique of cupping to release muscular tension and enhance their athletic performance.
Even though athletes and Hollywood stars (such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston) seem to have discovered cupping fairly recently, it’s been a healing art for likely 2,000 years.
My patients enjoy the benefits of cupping, which I describe as a reverse massage. Rather than pressing on the muscles, cupping gently pulls up on the tissues to increase circulation and help speed healing. The light suction created by cupping also releases myofacial tension and relieves muscular pain.
In addition to aiding in the recovery of musculoskeletal injuries, cupping may be used in the treatment of asthma, or in early stages of a cold or the flu.
Cupping is available as an add-on treatment to your acupuncture session. You may select it when you book your appointment or contact me if you’re unsure if it’s right for your situation.
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