The type of treatment favoured by modern day athletes, who have appeared in Brazil with large tell-tale circles on their skin, is known as dry cupping
- a method that is believed to have originated in China that is said to ease aches and pains and help sports stars with recovery.
In the dry cupping
procedure, practitioners place specialized cups on the skin.
Dry cupping therapy is based on the discharge principle, i.
The influence of a series of five dry cupping treatments on pain and mechanical thresholds in patients with chronic non-specific neck pain--a randomised controlled pilot study.
In dry cupping
, patients will have marks on the skin for a few days.
But in the interests of thorough journalism I did both treatments - dry cupping like Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and hijama, the traditional Arab version.
For dry cupping she started by lighting gas inside the cups to create a suction and then placed them down my spine, on my lower back and my shoulders.