Odds are you have seen athletes who have been involved in cupping therapy at one point or another. The leopardskin spots the therapeutic practice leaves behind, usually dotted around their upper back, are tell-tale signs of its use.
But what is it, exactly? It is an ancient eastern medicine practice used to help treat all measure of ailments, or to recuperate a body being put through the rigours of intense physical exercise.
Cupping therapy helps athletes in myriad ways. It is beneficial to joint and muscular pain, helping to quicken the recovery time needed between sessions, giving a helping hand to the body’s natural inflammatory response to exercise as well as expediting soft tissue recovery.
The use of cupping therapy amongst athletes in recent years has grown in popularity, with many of the world’s best opting in to the traditional Asian medicine treatment to help aid their training.⠀ .⠀ Cupping is said to help athletes in a number of ways, such as treating muscular pain and joint pain from heavy sessions, with the aim of reducing recovery time. The treatment encourages the bodies inflammatory response, speeding up muscular and soft tissue recovery.⠀ .⠀ #themaclife #health #fitness #conormcgregor #recovery #therapy #athletecupping #trainhard #workhard #thenotoriousmma #beastmode #ufc229 #mma
The large dots, such as those you can see on Conor McGregor above, are created by heated glass cups being placed on the skin, usually the upper back. As the air in the heated glass begins to cool, it creates a suction against the skin, causing small blood vessels underneath to break which caused the distinct circular bruise — stimulating blood flow in the process.
The process can also be administered by a mechanical process.
High performance athletes like Michael Phelps, Alex Naddour, and now Conor McGregor, are known to benefit from the treatment.