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To cup or not to cup: a viewpoint by Ben Hasan, M.D.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ben Hasan, M.D.

Ben Hasan, M.D.
Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, NCH Medical Group

Thanks to a number of 2016 Olympic athletes, an alternative treatment called cupping has been getting its fair share of publicity at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In practicing both Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, including at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games, I often looking for ways to increase the blood circulation to specific areas of my patients’ sports injuries. These methods can include heat, motion, stretching, warm-ups, massage, other types of soft tissue body work, and stretching alone or stretching with a teammate or therapist.

Woman receiving cupping therapy

Cupping is being described at the Olympics as a type of treatment to increase blood flow to a specific area. Many of these types of therapies are not proven scientifically; however, in Sports Medicine, they are used because of popularity and athlete demand. As long as they are safe, many such treatments can help athletes recover faster and perform at their best.

NCH Medical Group physician Ben Hasan, M.D., practices Family Medicine and Sports Medicine in Arlington Heights and travels with the USA Triathlon team.

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