What is Cupping?

Like millions around the world, you have heard about cupping during the Olympics coverage.  “What is it exactly and where can I get it done?” seems to be the first reaction.  Lucky for you, Dr. Richard Carlson at Optimal Health Chiropractic in Egg Harbor Township, NJ is extremely skilled in this technique, as well as other treatments the Olympic athletes receive!

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, including:

  • Glass
  • Bamboo
  • Earthenware

Cupping therapy suction cups mobilize blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.

Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.  (Source: WebMD)

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