The principle is to promote a blood supply resulting from suction that draws blood to the periphery of the muscles.
Cupping … used by Michael Phelps at the Rio Games
The purple circles on Michael Phelps’s skin did not go unnoticed at the Rio Olympics. It is a treatment technique from traditional Chinese medicine that is more than 3000 years old. It can be done with glass, plastic or rubber ampoules. This results in relaxation of muscles and fascia while promoting good drainage. No evidence proves that the athlete’s performance can be improved, but it seems that recovery is easier.
If pain persists and you need help, our multidisciplinary team will be able to get you back on track quickly.
The technique is not painful, but it can leave marks on the skin for a few days after treatment. It must be performed by a health professional who is familiar with the indications and contraindications of the technique. It is a technique commonly used in sports.
As always, the Chiromedic Center is on the lookout for different therapeutic approaches that can provide the best possible care for their patients.