Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a practitioner puts special cups on your skin for a several minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. Olympic Gold Medalist, Michael Phelps brought great awareness to the practice while announcers explained the dark circles on his back and shoulders.
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.