What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping Therapy
Cupping Therapy Cupping is form of manual therapy—physical manipulation of the body—designed to relieve musculoskeletal pain and tightness and promote faster recovery from training and/or injury. Although cupping is similar to, and often utilized in conjunction with massage, the mechanics through which it works are slightly different than massage: cupping utilizes a negative pressure on muscles, tendons, and fascia, while massage utilizes positive pressure. Cupping is most often performed on the back (upper and/or lower), quads, calves, and hamstrings. Cupping therapy involves placing glass or plastic cups onto the skin directly over the target area. The cupping therapist then creates a vacuum inside the cup; traditionally, this vacuum was created by burning a cotton wool ball, although today it is more common to utilize a hand-based suction pump. The negative…
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