Cupping is a holistic therapy that has been in use by various civilizations ranging from ancient Egyptians and Chinese, to the Roman Empire. The treatment was utilized to relieve various conditions in the past, such as hypertension and various chronic diseases. In the modern world, cupping is largely used as an adjunct to rehabilitation services and has been widely used for those suffering from chronic pain and muscle soreness. Moreover, the technique has been incorporated into rehabilitation for professional athletes at all levels, including the Olympics.
WHAT IS CUPPING AND ITS HISTORY
HOW DOES CUPPING WORK
Cupping works by applying cups around areas of interest and utilizing heat to create negative pressure and thus suction blood into the area of interest. The pressure from the suction is supposed to promote healing and relieve soreness and pain. The technique is similar to massage therapy, and mimics many of its abilities to access deep tissues and myofascial release. Cupping commonly leaves bruise-like marks on the area of suction, due to small bursts in the blood vessels.