Cupping is a very old eastern medicine technique that is gaining popularity in Western Sports Medicine. You may have seen some discussion about cupping if you watched the Rio Olympics. Simply put, it is a method to improve tissue mobility and promote healing of damaged tissues. While most manual techniques, such as instrumented assisted soft tissue mobility is compressive in nature, Cupping is distractive. With the use of negative pressure created in the cup, the tissues are lifted and blood flow is increased to the area being treated. Cupping can also be used in a gliding manner to very effectively mobilize and loosen restrictions in the fascia.
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
- National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA)