Cupping craze not just for elite athletes

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) The cupping craze is spreading around the world - thanks in a big part to Michael Phelps.

The Olympian is sporting several purple dots on his body in Rio. The dots are signs that he is "cupping". It is an ancient Chinese healing practice.

You don't have to be an elite athlete to have the therapy.

Lexi Corwin says she does cupping on people at FM Acupuncture everyday.

Corwin says it is beneficial for upper back pain, tension headaches or sore muscles for people who work out, like runners. She says her clients often feel immediate relief.

The therapy uses cups to create suction on the skin. Corwin says it causes negative pressure and brings more blood flow to the area. She adds that more blood flow and more oxygen in the area is supposed to help muscles heal faster.

Watch the attached videos to see The Valley Today's Lisa Budeau have cupping therapy done live during the newscast.