In the world of high technology, where players are leaving no stone unturned to return to fitness, old techniques are still very much in existence and have been helpful for players from a different sporting background. While people rely on doctors and the scientific method to cure their ailment’s but the usage of old methods are still in existence.
One such kind of therapy is called cupping therapy which is used by modern-day athletes to keep them fit and improve their performance level.
What is Cupping Therapy
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
While this therapy is being used now by the high-performance athlete, it is not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. After being used by Micheal Phelps during 2016 Rio Olympics, this form of therapy is slowly being used by other athletes.
American Football athlete DeMarcus Ware, Gymnast Alexander Naddour and American swimming legend Michael Phelps and many more American athletes have started making use of this therapy. During the 2016 Rio Olympics red circles could be seen on the body of Michael Phelps, which was there due to cupping Therapy that he took before the event. The aace American swimmer went onto win 5 Gold and 1 Silver medal.
There are two main categories of cupping performed today: dry cupping, which is a suction-only method. wet cupping, which may involve both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.
Not only athletes, but even cricketers have started using Cupping Therapy. Indian pacer Mohammed Shami and England all-rounder Moeen Ali are using this system to relax their muscles.
While this Therapy has numerous advantage, there are many disadvantages to this. Sportswallah request readers to do this therapy by consulting doctor or by a professional therapist.