Commonly used in Traditional Chinese medicine, but can be traced back to ancient Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures.
In a cupping treatment ethanol is used to burn the oxygen within the cup to create suction. The cups then promptly placed on the skin and attaches by the vacuum effect. Cupping treatment is trendy amongst professional athletes to assist with pain, inflammation, blood flow and recovery from training.
The treatment can leave round purple marks on the skin ranging from few days to up to a week on the patient's skin. It is not uncommon to see professional swimmers participating in competitions with these marks visible on their backs.
24 hrs Following the treatment, the patient is encouraged to keep the back area covered and warm.