Effects of moving cupping therapy on hip and knee range of movement and knee flexion power: a preliminary investigation

Murray, Dana and Clarkson, Carl (2019) Effects of moving cupping therapy on hip and knee range of movement and knee flexion power: a preliminary investigation. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 27 (5). pp. 287-294. ISSN 1066-9817

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/10669817.2019.1600892


Cupping therapy has become more popular in the sports setting because of its simplicity in application, minimal adverse effects, and reduction in pain and muscle tenderness, yet there is little research on its effectiveness for range of movement and power.

Objectives: The primary aim of this study was to investigate if a single session of moving cupping to the posterior aspect of the lower limb effects hip and knee range of movement and knee flexion power. The secondary aim was to consider participants’ views and perceptions of moving cupping therapy.

Methods: Twenty-one healthy participants (12 male and 9 female) aged between 19 and 31 years volunteered to take part in the study. All participants received 15 min of moving cupping therapy to their dominant posterior lower extremity. Hip and knee range of movement and knee flexion isokinetic power measurements were taken prior to and immediately after the moving cupping intervention. Participants also completed a questionnaire based on their experience and perceptions of cupping.

Results: Results showed a significant increase (p = <.05) in hip and knee range of movement measurements by 7% in the straight leg raise and 4% in a popliteal angle test. However, no significant changes were seen in the knee flexion power measures. Data from the questionnaire suggest that despite moving cupping being reported as ‘uncomfortable’ it is considered acceptable.

Discussion: Moving cupping therapy may have short-term changes to range of movement but not power, though the limitations of this study mean that rigorous studies are required before the effectiveness of moving cupping can be determined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cupping, range of movement, knee flexion power, lower extremity, goniometer, isokinetic cybex dynamometer, popliteal angle, straight leg raise
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2019 08:42
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 18:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39056

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