Cupping for Runners

Runner's World—August 29, 2016

Runner's World's Caitlin Carlson writes about the trending cupping therapy used by athletes, especially during this year's Olympic Games.

Jordan D. Metzl, MD, a primary care sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery, comments this trend: "Although cupping has been around for centuries, I've not seen any clear and convincing evidence that it offers a benefit substantially different than myofascial release, massage, or foam rolling." Dr. Metzl adds "Cupping seems to help with muscle release, and generally is quite safe."

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