Facts of Michael Phelps
|Full Name:||Michael Phelps|
|Age:||35 years 9 months|
|Birth Date:||June 30, 1985|
|Best Match for Marriage:||Taurus, Pisces, Scorpio|
|Birth Place:||Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|Father's Name:||Michael Fred Phelps|
|Mother's Name:||Deborah Sue "Debbie" Phelps|
|Husband / Wife Name:||Nicole Johnson|
|Education:||Towson High School|
|Height / How tall? :||6 feet 4 inches (1.93m)|
|Net Worth:||$60 Million|
|Award:||28 Olympic medals|
|Hair Color:||Dark Brown|
|Eye Color:||Dark Brown|
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Michael Phelps is a retired American competitive swimmer and the most successful and decorated Olympian of all time. He has a total of 28 medals. Moreover, he also holds the all-time records for Olympic golds, Olympic golds in individual events, and Olympic medals in individual events.
Cupping Therapy is an ancient Chinese medical therapy which is aimed to treat pains and aches due to any cause. In the case of athletes and sportspersons, Cupping Therapy helps relieve the aches and muscle tears which are associated with their profession. The science seems to have originated either from China or Egypt.
In this therapy, the therapist takes an alcohol-soaked cotton ball and places it inside a cup. He/She then ignites it and after some time removes the flame and rapidly places the patient’s skin thereby creating a vacuum under the cup.
This pulls up the skin tissue. As the air inside the cup cools, the skin contracts and it is this expansion and contraction of the skin that provides the relief. This process increases the local blood flow which then removes the toxins from the area and minimizes the pain.
Dr. Houman Danesh from Mount Sinai Hospital says:
“Blood flow is the body’s way of naturally healing. Increased blood flow can be beneficial to jumpstart or restart a blunted healing response.”
Dr. Danesh uses it in his practice and found it to be effective in decreasing the pain.
Dr. Reid Blackwelder, former President of the American Academy of Family Physicians feels that it is a sterile inflammation at the site and this aids healing. It has been said to be beneficial for athletic injuries, low back pains, plantar fasciitis, and fibromyalgia. The side-effects are almost nil except for the discoloration at the applied area which is normal.
Dr. Reid Blackwelder is skeptical about this mode of therapy and does not utilize it in his practice. He feels that the research in this direction is still inadequate and preliminary to consider it for widespread use. He feels that it is likely to have more of a placebo effect.
In its modern form, the cups are attached to suction machines to create the needed vacuum. The cup remains in place for 5-15 minutes.
What does Michael Phelps feel about Cupping Therapy therapy?
Micheal Phelps was sporting those circular purplish marks on his shoulder during the August 2016 Rio Olympics. People were wondering about it and it was later revealed that the marks were due to Cupping Therapy.
Michael Phelps seems to be fond of this therapy and does get it done regularly on him to ease his sore muscles. Swimmer Natalie Coughlin also uses this therapy for her muscle pains. US gymnast Alex Naddour also is a great advocator of this therapy. He too was seen with the purplish bruises on his shoulder during the 2016 Olympics.
If the US athletes are using it, why should the US footballers be left behind?
Syracuse University’s new Cupping machine
Syracuse University has purchased a new Cupping machine in its rehabilitation center. SU’s Junior footballer and linebacker Kielan Whitner is happy with the machine. He said:
“I know Michael Phelps does it in the Olympics so I’m sure it’s a good technique. I haven’t done too much of it, but it’s definitely helped me in the times I have done it.”
The new machine has been purchased on the behest of the recently hired head athletic trainer Tim Pike. Pike feels that this decompressive therapy is unique compared to the compressive ones such as hand massage, foam rollers, and sticks in the treatment of the athletes’ sores and aches. He is convinced with the MRI pictures of the therapy.
Pike states that it is an old therapy and he has been using it for the past 10 years or so. He feels that Phelps’ usage of this therapy has heightened its importance and brought it to the limelight.
Cupping Therapy origin
We all might have heard of this method recently, well at least a few years ago. But that does not mean that this therapy is new!
Cupping therapy is actually a very old therapy and has been around for thousands of years. This technique originated from traditional Chinese medicine.