Olympians at Rio Take to Cupping Therapy
Sports Medicine Manhattan
With the Summer Olympics in full swing, many viewers have noticed that
a few competing athletes have pepperoni-like bruises on their backs, shoulders,
and legs. These bruises, while may cause some to be concerned, are a result
of an ancient therapy technique called “cupping.” Cupping
is more widely known in Middle Eastern and Asian countries, especially China.
Cupping consists of having round glass suction cups warmed up, then placed
on parts of the body that are sore or experiencing discomfort. The position
and placement of the glass causes it to create a vacuum-like environment,
which is claimed to encourage blood flow to the muscles to relieve pain
The history of cupping spans back to at least 2,000 years. It is believed
to restore one’s life force, often referred to as “qi.”
Today, however, cupping is predominantly used to treat a number of ailments
including shingles, facial paralysis, difficulty breathing, and acne.
The marks and slight bruising from cupping usually fade within 4 days
of the treatment. Although some choose wet cupping, which involves cutting
the skin and allowing the blood to pool in the suction cup, it seems that
Olympic athletes have opted for the non-bleeding therapy, referred to
as dry cupping.
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If you’re experiencing excessive soreness and discomfort, you should
not hesitate to contact our skilled and experienced Manhattan sports therapy
doctor. Regardless of your strength level or degree of athleticism, everyone
can benefit from the therapy options offered at our office.
Our treatments are holistic, long lasting solutions to pain – when
you come to Manhattan Sports Therapy, you can trust that our physician
will get down to the root of the problem, and heal the source of the issue.
We stay on the cutting-edge of new technologies and strategies to help
restore your well-being and return you to a pain-free life.
Call Manhattan Sports Therapy today at (646) 798-1330 to
request an appointment.