The ancient technique of cupping in Rio Olympics

Old medical cupping glass, the alcohol in the bubble, petrolatum and tweezers with cotton wool on a white wooden table. They are used to relax the muscles and treat inflammation

‘It has saved me from a lot of pain’: Team USA go crazy for ancient healing technique called cupping

  • Several Team USA athletes have been pictured with small, circular marks
  • They subscribe to  the healing technique called cupping
  • Works by applying class cups to the skin and then creating suction
  • Gymnasts Alex Naddour and Chris Brooks swear by it 
  • Swimmer Michael Phelps also uses it and prefers the cups to be heated

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