Those little bruises on Michael Phelps shoulders stimulated huge interest in cupping therapy.
It started the Olympic cupping craze!
Cupping is extremely useful for athletes and sport enthusiasts (not to mention those with chronic back pain or neck pain). This is because it helps with pain, soreness, stiffness and immobility.
Cupping creates a vacuum in a glass or plastic cup. This pulls the skin, connective tissue, and muscle up and results in the classic cupping bruise.
Cupping can help muscle soreness and pain after a workout. Cupping has been shown to reduce inflammation from a strenuous workout.
Cupping helps with acute injuries to reduce inflammation and begin the healing process.