Part 3 of the passive modalities series will discuss another modality returning to vogue at the Rio Olympics – cupping. Michael Phelps, and other skin bearing athletes, re-popularized this modality by being televised with purplish-red circles on their upper torso for the world to see. Suddenly, the internet was in a frenzy over it. Cupping turned into the pet rock of the 2016 fall season. It had been around for 1000’s of years, served absolutely no use, but had filled the minds of both spectators and clinicians alike.

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