Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

Cupping therapy uses suction to release soft tissue and increase blood flow. Gliding the cups along the body can release fascia and muscle tension and adhesions. This will also help decrease inflammation and release toxins. Cupping is used in combination with other therapies.