A centuries-old traditional Chinese therapy called cupping is all the rage among elite athletes at the Olympics.
In cupping, a therapist places a glass cup over the area to be treated. A pump or heat is then used to create suction inside the cup, which pulls hard against the skin. Athletes who’ve tried it say it feels like a strong pinch.
Cupping has become a trendy therapy for athletes who want to improve their flexibility and range of motion. Many also swear that it helps their sore muscles recover after intense workouts.
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