Remember that photo of Michael Phelps from the 2016 Olympics with circular marks on his back? That was from vacuum cupping therapy – a popular treatment among Olympians, athletes, and anyone suffering from muscle pain.

And with Shockwave Canada’s devices, vacuum cupping has never been easier, or more effective.

If you purchase or lease the MASTERPULS® Ultra MP200 machine, you have the option of adding a lot of bells and whistles — and one of those bells and whistles is the VACU-ACTOR® accessory, which facilitates vacuum cupping therapy.

Before we get into how the VACU-ACTOR® works, let’s look at what makes cupping so effective for muscle recovery.

Cupping: A Mini-History

Cupping therapy is an ancient technique that dates back centuries. According to WebMD, one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C. Traditional cupping used fire to create a vacuum effect.

More modern vacuum cupping doesn’t require fire — just technology. A rubber pump creates a vacuum inside a glass or silicone cup to facilitate suction and help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, and relaxation.

Vacuum Cupping Quick Facts

Who is Vacuum Cupping For?

Vacuum cupping therapy is for anyone, but it’s particularly effective for athletes. According to, cupping is exceptionally beneficial for athletic conditioning and rehabilitation. Treatments include IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, sciatica, frozen shoulder, and – of course — back pain.

Therapeutic Effects

Vacuum cupping is effective for a number of treatments, including trigger point therapy, muscle aches, connective tissue massage, lymphatic flow, and more.

It can:

  • Stretch and straighten fabric structures;
  • Dissolve adhesions between tissue layers;
  • Mobilize tissue;
  • Stimulate reflective pathways;
  • Direct myofascial release;
  • And beyond!

The VACU-ACTOR® Difference

Why choose VACU-ACTOR® for your vacuum cupping therapy needs?

For one thing, it’s versatile. Because it comes as an accessory for the MP200, you also get everything else that comes with the shockwave therapy device — so you’re adding multiple streams of revenue.

For another, it’s the ideal tool to prepare tissue and patient for any kind of intense myofascial release technique – for example, extracorporeal shockwave therapy.

The VACU-ACTOR® comes with multiple VACU-Cup sizes with safety holes, ranging from:

  • XS: for small, localized areas
  • S: for extremities/cervical spine
  • M: for extremities/thoracic/lumbar spine
  • L: for large areas of the body (gluteal area, thigh, calf)

The VACU-ACTOR® system allows for both static (one treatment spot at a time) and dynamic (gliding) application. This creates even more versatility and treatment options for your patients and your practice.

View the VACU-ACTOR® brochure from Storz Medical for even more information:

Discover the power of vacuum cupping therapy mixed with shockwave today. Learn about the MASTERPULS® Ultra MP200 and the VACU-ACTOR® accessory by calling 1 (888) 741-SHOC(7462) or visiting