A few weeks ago we posted a photo on Instagram of Golden State Warrior’s Point Guard Steph Curry sporting some very visible cupping circles on his back. If you remember back to last summer’s Rio Olympics, “cupping therapy” was all the rage, with many athletes including 19-time Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps, competing with the distinctive round bruises on their bodies.
So, what is cupping? Why are professional athletes so into it? Is it something you should try? Let’s dig deeper!
Cupping is an ancient therapy whereby round glass suction cups are warmed, and placed on the body. This creates a partial vacuum, believed to stimulate muscles and blood flow and relieve pain in the area. It is believed to restore the flow of “qi”, or the life force.
Many of the Rio athletes used cupping as a recovery tool throughout the most recent games. Cupping is most often thought of as a tool to relieve back pain, but actually can be used most anywhere on the body including shoulders, thighs, feet, etc.! Cupping has been used to treat Plantar Fasciitis, IT Band injuries, calf strain and even the removal of cellulite!
Many people don’t realize that Acupuncture is more than just about pins and needles. Here at Rocky Coast Family Acupuncture, we provide many services, such as cupping, to our clients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if cupping therapy might be right for you!