Newsletter excerpts: 7 New Studies on Cupping--January 2021

Posted by: Michelle Burns
Date Posted: January 22, 2021

Here is some of the information I recently shared in the January newsletter. Each newsletter has a specific focus.  This newsletter is focused on cupping. If you would be interested in receiving my newsletters, please head over to my contact page and sign up.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Effect of dynamic cupping on neck pain
  2. Optimal treatment time of dry cupping to change local blood flow
  3. Comparison of cupping therapy to foam roller on hamstring pathology
  4. Cupping therapy for plaque psoriasis
  5. Effect of cupping size on stiffness of triceps
  6. Effect of cupping pain level and neuromuscular variables in low back pain
  7. Effectiveness of cupping on plantar fasciitis

STUDIES and ARTICLES

1. A study, titled Immediate Effect of Dynamic Cupping on Pain in Teachers with Mechanical Neck Pain: An Experimental Study, published in IJPOT in Apr 2020 beginning on page 154 concludes: there is a significant reduction in pain after the treatment with dynamic cupping (combined cupping and massage) in teachers with mechanical neck pain. So, dynamic cupping can be used clinically in patients with mechanical neck pain

2.  A thesis titled The Optimal Treatment Time of Dry Cupping Therapy to Induce Changes in Local Blood Flow at the Upper Trapezius, published in Illinois State University ReD: Research and eData—Theses and Dissertations in April 2020, concludes: Dry cupping therapy increased deep and superficial oxygenated, de-oxygenated, and total hemoglobin levels at treatment times of 5, 7.5, and 10 minutes. This indicates that clinicians may be able to apply cupping therapy for a shorter period of time and maintain a significant increase in blood flow at the upper trapezius. 

3. A study titled Acute outcomes of myofascial decompression (cupping therapy) compared to self-myofascial release (foam roller) on hamstring pathology after a single treatment, published in International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy in Aug 2020, concludes: Both treatments are beneficial in increasing hamstring length. Patients though felt an enhanced treatment effect using MFD over SMR for perceived benefits to hamstring flexibility

4. A study titled Moving cupping therapy for plaque psoriasis: A PRISMA-compliant study of 16 randomized controlled trials, published in Medicine in Oct 2020, concludes: moving cupping therapy could be an effective treatment either alone or as a combination therapy for plaque psoriasis.

5. A study titled Using elasto-graphic ultrasound to assess the effect of cupping size of cupping therapy on stiffness of triceps muscle, published in American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Oct 2020 concludes:  The overall stiffness of triceps significantly reduced after cupping therapy with the 45 mm and 40 mm cups, but not the 35 mm cup. The stiffness of the superficial layer did not show significant difference in all three sizes of cup. The stiffness of deep layer significantly reduced with the cupping therapy with the 45 mm and the 40 mm cups. This is the first study demonstrating that cupping therapy significantly reduced muscle stiffness, especially at the deep layer.

6. A study titled Effect of cupping therapy on the level of pain and neuromuscular variables in women with low back pain, published in Manual Therapy, Posturology & Rehabilitation Journal in 2020 concludes: After 10 sessions of cupping therapy, there was a decrease in the level of pain, an increase in the isometric strength of the trunk and less co-contraction between Rectus Abdominus and Lumbar Iliocostalis in young women with low back pain.

7. A thesis, titled Effectiveness of dry cupping on Plantar fascia pain and function: A Thesis, presented to the Department of Kinesiology at California State University in Sacramento in 2020 concludes: Cupping the plantar fascia in patients with plantar fasciitis can significantly improve function even if the participant is not aware of it.

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