Olympians put cupping therapy in the spotlight

Radiant Family Natural Health's Miranda Black demonstrates cupping therapy using a cotton ball flame to remove oxygen from the "suction cup" glass. (KTVL/Mike Marut)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Michael Phelps made national news for something other than gold medals - the round bruises on his shoulders.

Those bruises come from cupping therapy. Miranda Black of Radiant Family Natural Health explains that the therapy can help break down tension in a person's micro-capillaries. The therapy uses intense suction in a short amount of time to break the capillaries so they can rebuild with greater blood flow.

The therapy is usually coupled with acupuncture and other physically soothing therapies. It works similar to working out. Working out breaks down muscles in order for them to re-grow stronger. With cupping therapy, the micro-capillaries repair themselves healthier and with less blockage than before the therapy.

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