NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Olympians in Rio have taken to cupping. It's an ancient therapy meant to release tension in your muscles. Several athletes have posted pictures of their polka dotted limbs and backs, a side effect of the treatment.
Dr. Andrew Willis with Advanced Care Physical Therapy says the placement of the glass cup creates a partial vacuum. This is believed to stimulate muscles and blood flow, while relieving pain and speeding healing.
He said, ":It definitely helps people decrease the tone within the tissue and help loosen it up."
But some Doctors say there's no scientific evidence proving the therapy can heal anything. Studies are underway looking more closely at its potential medical benefits, but Willis says there's no cure-all.... Read More