Cupping: Fad or Functional?

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An ancient healing practice that's been around for thousands of years has made quite the splash lately on social media. It all surrounds the alternative type of treatment known as "cupping." The holistic therapy started making waves recently after Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was spotted in Rio with purple dots on his body as a result of the treatment. The gold medalist has praised the treatment on his Instagram account. Phelps turned to the therapy to help relieve soreness and improve performance.

To get a closer look at the cupping craze, Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey visited Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates along the Morgan Highway in Scranton. The pros suggest that you only have cupping done by a licensed acupuncturist or a licensed massage therapist. Ryan and the therapists also tackled the benefits, the don'ts involved with cupping, and cost.

For more details on cupping in our area at Northeast Rehab, head here! See more of the "cupping craze" in our area and reaction from local swimmers at this link.

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