The most recent buzz in the news lately is the cupping Therapy being used by Micheal Phelps at the Olympics in Rio.
cupping, which is what has been featured in the news, and wet cupping.
A more modern version has been adopted by Massage therapists and other health professionals such as chiropractors and physio therapists. This type uses a pump and glass cups or silicone cups to create suction, as opposed to glass cups and fire as with the alternative version.
The more modern version places cups on the body with suction to increase blood flow and loosen connective tissue. This in turn helps with chronic pain, flexibility and range of motion, decreases muscle stiffness and increases relaxation.
In my own practice I’ve noticed that the use of silicone cups helps to decrease overall tension, allowing me to treat the muscles more effectively, it is also preferable in sensitive areas such as the lower legs.
Side effects may include minimal bruising, tenderness and red stippling if significant adhesion exists.