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Applying Cup Therapy Techniques in an Evidence-Based Practice

presented by Christopher DaPrato, DPT, SCS, CSCS

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Financial: Christopher DaPrato is the owner of, a cupping products and continuing education course provider. He also receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Nonfinancial: Christopher DaPrato has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 68 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 32 Minutes

There are many misconceptions about using cupping therapy in treating the human fascial system during manual therapy or with exercise. This course provides clarity for rehabilitation practitioners in the use of cupping therapy by reviewing the appropriate pressures, time durations, dosage, frequency, movement patterns, and specific treatment strategies for common orthopedic, neurologic, and sports impairments, in both exercise and manual therapy. Pre- and posttreatment testing examples are incorporated for enhanced awareness of outcomes and practical clinical applications. In addition, the course covers how to create effective treatment plans with objective outcome measures while navigating documentation and billing codes.

Learning Objectives
  • Determine the appropriate use of cup therapy for a movement restriction and compare it to the inhibition of pain with respect to the location and layer of the body
  • Analyze how the location of a cup on the body can provide an external cue for movement retraining in persons with reduced body awareness or fear avoidance
  • Apply cup therapy principles to the upper extremity, lower extremity, and spine for individuals with range-of-motion restriction or decreased mobility to facilitate improved participation in daily activities
  • Construct a treatment plan with objective outcome measures linked to appropriate documentation and billing for insurance and fee-for-service models

Meet Your Instructor

Christopher DaPrato, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Dr. DaPrato currently treats professional and NCAA athletes at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley and teaches in the orthopedic residency program for their school of medicine. He is a strong proponent and educator of manual therapy in sports and has presented evidence-informed practices at conferences, both nationally and internationally. After receiving his BS in…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Utilizing Practical Cup Therapy Applications in an Evidence-Informed Approach

Variations on cup therapy for mobility, for inhibition, and for kinesthetic sense will be discussed. Specificity of pressures, time, and dosage will be reviewed.

2. Cup Therapy Techniques Per Body Region

Videos on upper extremity techniques, lower extremity techniques, and a spine technique will be shown in the video lab.

3. Applying Functional Outcome Measures and Follow-Up Treatment Plans With Client Education

In this chapter, we’ll assess the measures for cup therapy and discuss follow-up treatments. We’ll also summarize the outcome measures for the course.

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