So what does Olympian Michael Phelps know that you don’t?

If winning a total of 23 gold medals over his Olympic career is not news worthy enough, there has been a lot of buzz about the “suction cup” marks on Michael Phelps. Yes, those marks are from cupping therapy–a service that we offer at OrthoWell Physical Therapy.

Cupping therapy has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat injury and disease. The cups produce a negative pressure which “sucks” the superficial layers of tissue up into the cup. The effect of cupping therapy is to release and stretch stiff tissue, to increase circulation and to draw your body’s healing energy or Qi (chi) to the area. At OrthoWell, we use controlled motion in combination with cupping therapy to enhance the effect.

If it’s good for Michael Phelps, it may be good for you too. Check out our cupping video below. Just give us a buzz to feel what all the “buzz” is about.