If you’ve been watching the Rio Olympics, you’ve probably noticed those purple circles all over Phelps that were causing so much buzz online, these marks are from a therapy known as cupping.
What is cupping?
Cupping is a therapy used in Chinese traditional medicine, which involves placing glass jars on the skin to create somewhat of a vacuum by suctioning out the air. What happens, is the underlying tissue is raised partly inside the jar and this enhances circulation, helps relieve pain and removes heat and toxins from the body’s tissues.
“That’s been the secret that I have had through this year that keeps me healthy,” said American gymnast Alexander Naddour. “It’s been better than any money I’ve spent on anything else.” [Time]
This type of therapy is used to relieve a variety of conditions and symptoms and is performed primarily by doctors of Chinese medicine and/or acupuncturists. Our in-house acupuncturist, Dr. Yvonne, happens to provide cupping therapy as well. To book an appointment with her, call 403-475-4205.