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Cupping: The New Olympic Trend

Cupping: The New Olympic Trend
August 8, 2016 No comments

Traditional Chinese Medicinal practices have been trending in Western society for a number of years. But most recently you may have noticed the use of TCM at the biggest sporting event in the world; the Olympic Games. Whereas once it was considered ineffective by mainstream medical professionals, it is now being used by Olympic athletes who swear by its effectiveness.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has recently been spotted sporting purple spots on his shoulder. You may have wondered on Sunday night, how Phelps’ had acquired those spots on his back. The answer to that is an ancient therapeutic practice that dates back to 3000 B.C. called cupping.

Other Olympian athletes such as Missy Franklin and Alexander Naddour, have been using this form of therapy for soreness, quick healing, and other musculoskeletal ailments. Cupping has been found to promote rapid immune response by increasing blood flow to areas in the body that need healing. It is believed that cupping produces cytokines which are small proteins that accelerate the immune response by enhancing communication between cells.

Kevin Rindal, one the only four trusted chiropractors for the United States swim teams that Michael Phelps chooses to work with, says that cupping can be done at home and is not just exclusive to athletes or those willing to pay a good deal of money to get cupped by a medical professional. Kits for cupping are sold on Amazon for $30. However, it is crucial that people know which areas of the body to treat in order to achieve the most effective results.

Have you tried cupping? Let us know how it went!

Source: The New York Times


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