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What Is and Is Not Evidence-Based in Cupping Therapy

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: 69 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

The utilization of cupping tools in manual therapy has become increasingly popular over the last 10 years in the orthopedics and sports settings. There is a gap in the synopsis of the literature for the appropriate dosage, timing, and frequency for the appropriate application of cupping for musculoskeletal impairments. This course will bridge that gap by reviewing modern-day cupping therapy in musculoskeletal management and distinguishing it from traditional theories of negative-pressure uses. Modern-day pneumatic tool choices will be covered, as well as the science, safety, competency, precautions, and contraindications of these tools. Practitioners will gain knowledge of how to incorporate an evidence-based plan of care using cupping with safe and effective guidelines.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the treatment mechanism proposed between traditional cupping and modern-day cup therapy with regard to tools, environment, and rationale
  • Outline the specific time frames and pressures used traditionally in cupping with fire cups as compared with modern pneumatic cups
  • Translate the extracellular matrix as it relates to normal versus injured or inflamed tissue, and the use of cup therapy to alter its mechanical properties in the short and medium time frames
  • Outline how to use a simple screening tool for precautions and contraindications when using cup therapy to prevent harm in sensitive populations and facilitate participation in daily activities

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. Modern-Day Cupping Therapy vs. Traditional Methods and Theories

This module will expose the learner to the various types of cups used, the pros and cons of each type of material, and their effects.

2. Variations in the Implementation of Cup Therapy vs. Traditional Cupping

This section will review the mechanical properties of negative pressure in western physiology terms and its effects. Specific pressures and treatment time parameters will be reviewed, as well as dosage and frequency.

3. Current Literature, Precautions, and Contraindications

This section will review precautions, contraindications, and technique pearls. The learner will be introduced to the pairing motion with cups and the rationale for moving the body versus moving the cup. Further material includes when to add load, when to remove the cup, and what to do next.

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