Olympians Get Cupping & Acupuncture

Olympians Get Cupping and Acupuncture, Acupuncture, Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC

We've all seen Michael Phelps displaying his cupping marks over the past few days; it has circulated like crazy all over social media! 

I include cupping therapy as a part of my treatment with almost everyone who comes in for pain! It is extremely beneficial for those with musculoskeletal pain conditions, stiffness and tightness, tight IT band, muscle spasms, & post-workout pain. It can even be used for those suffering from herniated discs, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.

Michael Phelps is not the only one who receives alternative therapies, cupping marks have been seen on Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow as well. But, it's not just for the rich and famous, most people can receive cupping and it can be used for more than pain conditions. 

The history behind cupping started as a remedy for respiratory conditions such as the common cold and phlegm accumulation in the lungs. When someone has a cold, superficial cupping is performed on the back to release pathogens; in Chinese medicine, the first barrier for external pathogens is the neck and back. 

Another condition used for cupping is cellulite reduction. Many women receive cupping on the back of their legs to decrease stagnation of connective tissue resulting in cellulite. Weekly treatments results in 'less bumpy' and smoother legs making it perfect for showing off your swimsuit! 

The marks shown on the skin as a result of cupping is often used to determine the location of stagnation. It gives the practitioner more information beyond performing palpation to determine the affected area. There are 2 main ways of cupping; one is using plastic cups with a suction pump and the other is using glass cups with negative energy created by fire. 

Plastic cups have thin edges and can be uncomfortable on the skin especially while gliding the cups along muscles. Glass cups are more favorably because the edges are round and smooth and using heat creates an increased therapeutic response.

It is important to receive cupping from an experienced practitioner, preferably one who is an acupuncturist because they have 3+ years of knowledge perfecting the technique and understand the contraindications resulting in less harm. For more information about cupping or acupuncture and how it can benefit you, contact us at (646) 854-6619.