Effect of cupping therapy on the level of pain and neuromuscular variables in women with low back pain

  • Deborah Hebling Spinoso UNESP
  • Leticia Carvalho Pereira
Keywords: Electromyography. Traditional chinese medicine. Physical therapy

Abstract

Background: Cupping therapy is a common technique in the field of traditional Chinese medicine, which through sucking on the skin
mainly results in pain relief. Objectives: To analyze the effect of cupping therapy on pain intensity, muscle co-contraction and trunk
extensor muscle strength in women with low back pain. Methods: 26 women participated, divided into: LBPgroup (n = 13), and control
group (n = 13). The level of pain, isometric strength of trunk extensor muscles and co-contraction of superficial and deep trunk muscles
were evaluated. The cupping therapy treatment consisted of 10 sessions, and after the volunteers were reevaluated. Anova Repeated
Measures were used. Results: There was a 40.1% reduction in pain level, a 13.6% increase in trunk extensor strength, and a decrease
in contraction between rectus abdominis and iliocostalis for GDL after treatment. Conclusion: 10 sessions of cupping therapy assist
in reducing pain and improving trunk strength in young people with lower back pain.

 

Published
15-10-2020
How to Cite
Spinoso, D., & Pereira, L. (2020). Effect of cupping therapy on the level of pain and neuromuscular variables in women with low back pain. Manual Therapy, Posturology & Rehabilitation Journal, 18, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.17784/mtprehabjournal.2020.18.1120
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Research articles