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How Cupping Enhances Recovery and Sports Performance

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As cupping becomes more mainstream, people are learning that cupping therapy is helpful with:

  • Increased blood flow:Provides impactful delivery of nutrients to the muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and bone
  • Release feel-good hormones: Boosts endorphins to help with irritation and inflammation
  • Reduce muscle tension: Less tightness and tension from Stress, Anxiety and Depression
  • Pre-workout routine: Stretches muscles for increased circulation

Cupping therapy gives the least discomfort of force as compared to Tuina or traditional massage. Essentially, it is like a reverse massage!  In a traditional massage it's all about pressing down; with cupping the structures of the body are lifted up!

Cupping therapy is beneficial for athletic conditioning and rehabilitation!

Cupping has been shown to be a helpful therapy method for plantar fasciitis, hamstring strains, sore muscles, and back pain.  Some of the benefits include:

  • Reduced pain and inflammation
  • Increased blood flow
  • Improved range of motion
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Faster healing
When Michael Phelps started working with Dr. Jing Liu on a personal cupping device he was looking for something completely different. He insisted that it be handheld, have a long-lasting battery, be able to move across the muscle like traditional Gua Sha, and not be made of plastic like products already on the market. It took them close to 8 years to create the device that finally met his needs.   

 

References:

  1. Musumeci, Giuseppe. "Could cupping therapy be used to improve sports performance?."Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology 4 (2016): 373-377.
  2. Al-Horani, Ramzi A., Khaled M. Alsays, and Mohammed Ihsan. "Influence of cupping treatment on high-intensity anaerobic performance."Kinesiology 2 (2022): 230-237.
  3. Kim, Jae-Eun, et al. "Effect of cupping therapy on range of motion, pain threshold, and muscle activity of the hamstring muscle compared to passive stretching."Korean Society of Physical Medicine 3 (2017): 23-32.
  4. Mohamed, Ayman A., Xueyan Zhang, and Yih-Kuen Jan. "Evidence-based and adverse-effects analyses of cupping therapy in musculoskeletal and sports rehabilitation: A systematic and evidence-based review."Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 1 (2023): 3-19.
  5. Hou X, Wang X, Griffin L, Liao F, Peters J, Jan YK. Immediate and Delayed Effects of Cupping Therapy on Reducing Neuromuscular Fatigue. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2021 Jul 1;9:678153. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2021.678153. PMID: 34277583; PMCID: PMC8280458.
  6. Al-Bedah, Abdullah MN, et al. "The medical perspective of cupping therapy: Effects and mechanisms of action."Journal of traditional and complementary medicine 2 (2019): 90-97.
  7. Warren AJ, LaCross Z, Volberding JL, O'Brien MS. ACUTE OUTCOMES OF MYOFASCIAL DECOMPRESSION (CUPPING THERAPY) COMPARED TO SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE ON HAMSTRING PATHOLOGY AFTER A SINGLE TREATMENT. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2020 Aug;15(4):579-592. PMID: 33354391; PMCID: PMC7735689.
  8. Jan, Yih-Kuen, et al. "Using elastographic ultrasound to assess the effect of cupping size of cupping therapy on stiffness of triceps muscle."American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 7 (2021): 694-699.

 

 

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