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What is cupping and why do Michael Phelps and other Olympians have round blotches on their skin?

What is cupping and why do Michael Phelps and other Olympians have round blotches on their skin? For those unfamiliar with it, cupping has been around for centuries, and has been used to relieve muscular soreness and improve mobility. In Europe, cupping had been used and some people had sets of these cups that were applied to the skin to create negative pressure and offer pain relief.   In Asia, fire cupping therapy was used that did something similar and today, cups that have an ability to suction using a device that attaches to the top of the cup is used. Read More »