Use Cupping for Musculoskeletal Disorders

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Have you ever heard of cupping or cupping therapy for relieving musculoskeletal pain? If your answer is no, congratulations, you are going to learn a lot about this therapeutic technique in this post.  Cupping may be a new trend in the healthcare industry in the US, but people in Asian, African, and European countries have been using it for centuries to treat a variety of health issues from common cold and pneumonia to bronchitis and a multitude of musculoskeletal conditions such as the neck, back, and shoulder pain.

Ancient Iranian, Egyptian, Greece, Chinese, and Jewish people used cupping for healing pain (that stems from different types of conditions) and promoting healing.

You will find cupping’s descriptions in a lot of ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Jewish texts.  An approximately three thousand years old Chinese document describes cupping as one of the best treatments for pulmonary tuberculosis.  It’s hard to figure out the origin of cupping, but experts believe that it was quite popular in Iran, Egypt, and China.

Ge Hong’s “A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies,” is one of the first books that talks volumes about cupping and its usages. Ge Hong was a  Taoist herbalist, who wrote this book in 300 AD.

Cupping has three categories: dry cupping, fire cupping, and wet cupping. A lot of people have this misconception that cupping is too painful, which is not entirely true. You may feel some sensation during the process, but it won’t last long.


Use of Cupping in Modern Times

In modern times, health professionals like physical therapists who use non-invasive techniques to heal pain and injuries, use cupping for treating a wide range of conditions.

It is a technique during which, physical therapists use suction cups on the body of the patient to create suction, which helps in improving circulation, relieving pain, and promoting healing.

Cupping became popular when  American sports personalities including Olympians and NFL players; and Hollywood celebrities started using it for relieving their pain and strengthening their bodies.

According to ClearCut ORTHO, “Cupping therapy is popular among athletes. Numerous athletes from the Olympics in Rio 2016 used cupping. An athlete patient with over a year history of the iliotibial band (ITB) pain reported instant relief following a three-minute session of cupping.”

Here are the conditions for which you can seek cupping.


High-Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, you need to treat it immediately; otherwise, you may start experiencing heart problems soon.

According to NIH, “You can have high blood pressure or hypertension, and still, feel just fine. That’s because high blood pressure often does not cause signs of illness that you can see or feel.”

Since high blood pressure puts undue stress on your heart, you may experience health problems like kidney failure, stroke, and heart attack, etc.

You can seek cupping for high-blood pressure, but apart from that, it’s essential for you to make lifestyle changes and consult a doctor as well.


Back Pain

One of the most common causes of visiting doctor, back pain can affect your daily life in several ways.  It not only keeps you from sticking to your routine such as workouts, playing with kids, and performing physical activities that require bending and twisting but is also one of the most significant reasons for missed workdays in the US.

You can treat back pain in several ways, but if you want to rely on non-invasive treatments, you can rely on physical therapy techniques like cupping.  You can consult a well-trained physical therapist for seeking desirable results.


Neck Pain

Cupping is also one of the best ways to treat neck pain. No matter why you are experiencing pain in your neck, a physical therapist will help you relieve it quickly and effectively.  You will see a significant difference in your health after the cupping session.


Shoulder Pain

As in the case of neck pain and back pain, you can also rely on cupping for relieving your shoulder pain. If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder for more than a week, consider consulting a physical therapist immediately.


Rheumatic Diseases

Cupping is also a great way to deal with the signs and symptoms of rheumatic diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, gout, and lupus, etc. It can help in managing the pain that stems from these conditions.



If you experience frequent episodes of headaches, then you might be struggling with migraines. You can take the help of a physical therapist to treat this problem with cupping. Your therapist will use this technique correctly to address the root cause of your problem.

Whether the cause of your problem is stress, anxiety, and depression or poor posture, a shoulder problem, and poor sleep, cupping therapy will show quick results.

Apart from that, you can also seek cupping for blood disorders (such as hemophilia) and bronchial congestion.


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