Cupping Therapy: Is It Worth It?
Cupping therapy is the hottest form of therapy happening at the Olympics. Many athletes, including Michael Phelps have these circle markings on their backs, which has many people wondering where they came from and what’s the purpose exactly?
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Cupping therapy is a form of ancient Chinese medicine that is used to treat backaches and other types of pain. This form of therapy is nothing new and most people can get it done by a masseuse or acupuncturist. A person suffering from back pain or sore muscles can get this done by laying face down, a professional soaks a cotton ball in alcohol and then lights it on fire inside a glass cup. They quickly remove the flame and place the heated cup on the person’s back creating a vacuum that draws up the skin tissue.