Cupping is a manual technique that is performed by physical therapists in order to work on muscles and soft tissue. The main purpose of cupping in physical therapy is to loosen adhesions, tight muscles and their attachments. Cupping can help with lymphatic drainage as well as release of the deeper tissue. A lot of times, individuals can have tissue layers that are fused together which can cause restriction in motion as well as pain. Once the adhesions are loosened, muscles and soft tissue will function smoothly eliminating any waste and debris in the area. With cupping, blood flow can also be promoted to body tissue which is affected. It can also help open up the lymphatic system to help drain any excess fluid and reabsorb all waste and toxins. In combination with manual therapy and exercises, cupping is extremely effective for improving muscle tightness and pain control.