In the Magazine: Is Cupping Therapy Useful for Equestrians?

Excerpt from the October 2017 issue of Heels Down Magazine.

By Kathlyn Hossack

Myofascial cupping is a therapeutic technique derived from ancient Chinese therapeutics that have been used for thousands of years.

It also resembles someone post-octopus attack, and has been spotted (no pun intended) on many high-level athletes. Similarly to how Kinesiotape became mainstream after it was seen on a few Olympic athletes, cupping has become increasingly popular in the therapeutics realm.

How Does It Work?

Cupping works through a “negative pressure” style. When we think of most therapeutic treatments or modalities, the goal is generally to increase (or decrease) blood circulation, change tissue temperature, use friction, pressure, or tissue movement, realign soft tissues, and change the nervous system’s perception of an area.


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