Cupping, Should Runners Try it Too?


Marathon Training Academy

October 17, 2016

In this guest post for Marathon Training Academy, you will discover what cupping actually is and how to use it to massage and mobilize tissues in order to reduce pain and improve movement.


The 2016 Rio Olympics brought new light to an old treatment–cupping.  The world stared as athletes like Michael Phelps proudly displayed his petechia for the world to see.

Petechia is the medical term for the purplish bruise that can form with certain types of cupping techniques.

After seeing so many Olympic athletes with bruises this year, the rest of us were left wondering about this trend of using cupping as a medical treatment or sports enhancement treatment.  Does cupping really work?  Can I utilize cupping as a self-treatment method for common running related pains?  Continue Reading