A new medical treatment that has its origins in Islamic and Middle Eastern traditions is trending at the Rio Olympics used by star-athletes like Michael Phelps.
Have you been wondering why swimmer Michael Phelps and other Olympians are sporting deep-purple circles on their limbs and midsections? Physiologically, cupping is thought to draw blood to the affected area, by pulling the skin slightly up and away from the underlying muscles. The suction helps reduce soreness and speeds the healing of overworked muscles. Athletes who use it swear by it, saying it keeps them injury free and speeds recovery. #cupping #olympics #aspirehw #thewizkiddrboaz #physicaltherapy #sandiego #recovery
American gymnast Alexander Naddour, who has Lebanese ancestry, is also known to use cupping therapy before competing. (Reuters)