What Means The Red Circles All Over The Michael Phelps’ Body?

The Olympic Games are very popular these days. So, if you are fun of the games you definitely notice the red circles all over the Michael Phelps` body. What those circles

This practice dates back more than 2,000 years, according to Jill Blakeway, doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and founder of The YinOva Center in New York. She describes it as “massage in reverse,” in which a suction cup is used on the skin to pull up aching muscles. There are typically two types of cups used, glass and (usually) plastic.

  • With glass cups, flames vacuum the oxygen out of the cups, which are then are placed on affected areas.
  • The more modern, typically plastic cups pull out air with individual suction pumps.

The cups are left on for five to 10 minutes and, afterward, leave those familiar circular marks, which go away two or three days and indicate improved blood flow to the area, Blakeway says.

Michael Phelps is clearly a big fan, even allowing teammates to perform cupping on him.

Blakeway says: “We would put them in places where there are trigger points.”

However, medical practitioners debate the efficacy of cupping for athletes (and for various maladies) but that’s hardly the point. If Phelps, or the scores of other swimmers who engage in cupping, believe it helps, then that placebo effect is worth the trouble.

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