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Cupping Therapy is Helping in Increasing Endurance of Athletes




The most successful Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, when was seen with large purple dots on his back in the 2016 Rio Olympics, everybody started predicted cupping therapy might be the key to success for him. He got a lot of attention from spectators and other athletes as well. Cupping therapy is an Ancient Chinese practice, which is gaining global popularity. It enhances body strength and endurance, that is why many athletes including Phelps, basketball player Draymond Green and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, are seen with purple dots.

Jason Miller is the educator at the International Cupping Therapy Association. He said that cupping could give a lot of benefits to athletes. It is best for athletic games and rehabilitation. The vacuum created by the cups, pull the body tissue up and releases the tension of the body without any pain. Cupping therapy is a reverse process of massage, since in massage body is pressed down, and the cupping lifts the skin.

Almost 100 USA athletes who took part in 2016 Olympic, had received cupping therapy, according to Ralph Reiff. He is executive director of the St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis. He also said that the cupping therapy was also received by American track field athlete, LaShawn Merritt, who had won 400m final.

Athletes go for cupping therapy not only to release tension and increase the endurance of the boy, but the therapy is also said to heal various sports-related injury including IT band syndrome, frozen shoulder, and shin splints. People who suffer from chronic neck pain prefer to receive cupping treatment rather than receiving medical treatment. Certified practitioners use special glasses to carry cupping therapy. They heat the glasses to create suction and the suction lifts the skin up for 20 minutes to heal the body.

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What Interferes with Successful Breastfeeding?




While breastfeeding is ideal, it comes with many difficulties new parents might face.

After experiencing the intensity of labor and delivery, many new parents are left exhausted. Despite this fatigue and surviving pospartum, new parents soon learn the importance of managing the needs of an infant. Putting aside their own desires, parents learn to quickly adapt.

Exhaustion and recovery are not the only things that discourage parents from breastfeeding. There are a variety of other woes that can make it difficult for a lactating parent to continue to choose this option. 

While 83 percent of women breastfeed at the beginning of postpartum, there is a drastic reduction by 6 months, resulting in only 56% of babies still being breastfed. 

Engorged Breasts

When a lactating woman’s milk comes in, she may experience intense pain and discomfort. The breasts typically become overly filled with milk because they have not yet regulated their supply. This engorgement can continue throughout the breastfeeding journey for a variety of reasons.

If the baby’s schedule changes, a woman’s breasts can become overly full. If the parent misses a feeding, breasts can experience discomfor which can lead to breastfeeding infection. If a woman becomes preoccupied at work and does not make time to pump, she can experience discomfort. 

If breast engorgement is not treated properly, milk ducts can become blocked, and if a woman does not work to move the milk through her breasts (via feeding her baby, pumping, or expressing the milk), this engorgement can lead to further problems and may cause clogged milk ducts.


One of the biggest concerns beyond the pain a woman experiences with engorgement is infection. This is known as mastitis, and leads to a woman experiencing not only breast pain and warm breast tissue, but also flu-like symptoms that come with fever, chills, headache, and further exhaustion.

In order to help prevent infection, regular feedings are essential. Often, the best mastitis treatment, at least for early symptoms, is to massage the breast in a warm shower and express the extra milk.

Furthermore, by working with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), parents can have a great resource on how to best deal with, treat, and alleviate these problems. 

Not only is an IBCLC a great resource in helping prevent breast infection, but a great source for your breastfeeding journey to encourage and educate you in best practices. 

The best way to achieve breastfeeding success is to utilize the many tools that an IBCLC offers. 


To exclusively breastfeed your baby can be quite overwhelming and exhausting. Between nightly feedings, cluster feedings, and pumping sessions for working mothers, breastfeeding is difficult to maintain. Unless a woman is properly supported by her family, friends, and workplace, the chances that a woman will continue to breastfeed are significantly impacted.

Culture also impacts the likelihood of a baby being breastfed beyond 6 months. The CDC discovered that parents in the Southeast United States are less likely to breastfeed their children past six months. This was in contrast to the Northwest, where business policies and the culture is more breastfeeding-friendly and supportive. 


Despite the nutritional benefits afforded to a breastfed baby, there are many obstacles that can be discouraging for parents on their breastfeeding journey. From exhaustion to pain to lack of supoort, parents have many reasons to give up. 

To increase your chances of success, surround yourself with supportive individuals, reach out to an IBCLC, also known as lactation consultants, and gain the necessary tools required to provide your child with the healthiest option available – you!

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