2018’s Winter Olympics are set to kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea in a few short weeks. With this global competition comes the opportunity to watch athletes from every corner of the globe showcase, what to us normal people can be considered, superhuman abilities and the fruits of their years of practice, practice, practice. But there seems to be another phenomenon that has been catching people’s attention at both Winter and Summer Olympic games—that is the phenomenon of Cupping Therapy. From swimmers to skiers to gymnasts, a variety of athletes have been seen sporting the unique cupping bruising, the temporary marks left behind after a therapy session. But despite the recent attention cupping is receiving, it is actually far from a new phenomenon, and is a procedure derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine that treats and provides an array of conditions and benefits.
What is Cupping Therapy?
But aside from being a developing trend in international athletes, this ancient form of alternative medicine has been used for centuries to help people deal with conditions such as muscle pain, poor circulation, and stress-relief to name a few. But what does the therapy entail? It’s pretty simple and straightforward, a trained and experienced therapist applies special cups to your skin, creating suction. Cupping is a generally painless, non-invasive procedure, that comes in two variations.`
Dry Cupping: Cups are placed in a fixed position to create a moderate to high-level vacuum effect. No bloodletting after suction treatment. The result is a more massage-like experience.
Wet Cupping: After the suction has been applied, the therapist will make tiny cuts in your skin to allow a small amount of blood to be released.
The cups used can vary in look and design but generally, are made of one of the four materials:
Why You Should Get Cupped
There are many benefits attributed to cupping therapy as this Traditional Chinese Medicine procedure has been used for thousands of years to address a myriad of health concerns. There are very few associated risks or side effects to cupping therapy aside from minor discoloration or temporary bruising at the site of application. With a wide array of benefits, cupping therapy can be used to treat physical pain, as well as a means to combat mental stress, depression, and anxiety. Cupping is most commonly stated to help with the treatment of the following:
- Sports injuries
- Pain management
- Lymphatic impairment
- Weight management
- Digestive disorders
- Hormonal imbalance
- Shoulder inflammation
- Auto-immune disorders
Where Can You Give Cupping Therapy a Try?
All across the country are skilled and practicing therapists, so it is likely that there is an option for cupping therapy near you. If you’re looking to learn more about cupping, here’s a good place to start.
Also, if you’re in the New York City area, you can come give cupping therapy a try at 30 West and 60th Street!
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