The first time Western society was really exposed to cupping was when Micheal Phelps showed up to the Olympic with circle bruises all over his shoulders. Eastern societies have been using cupping for centuries. For them cupping cupping is used to remove blockages of chi and remove bad energy from the body. Western adoption of cupping use it as a way to bring more blood to an area and release fascia. Whether used for eastern or western medicine, it can help reduce pain and release tight areas. In our experience it has worked very well when used with E-stim. Like with all modalities it doesn't always work, that is why we provide many modalities so that we personalize a recovery regiment for every individual that comes in.