Cupping therapy is a traditional pain-free technique where glass cups are applied to the skin to create mild suction which stimulates and promotes blood and lymph flow.
Cupping and sports
Cupping was in the news during the 2016 Olympics when round marks were seen on gold medallist Michael Phelps' bach, shoulders and legs. Cupping can boost recovery between intense training sessions.
What is cupping therapy?
Cupping therapy is an ancient traditional and complementary medicine practice which can be used on its own or together with acupuncture. There is growing evidence of its potential in the treatment of pain-related conditions.
Cupping can be used to treat a range of conditions including injury rehabilitation, pain relief, colds and chest congestion, and anxiety and depression.