The objective of this study was to evaluate if a single session of real or placebo cupping therapy in patients with chronic LBP would be enough to temporarily reduce pain intensity and functional disability, enhancing their mechanical threshold and reducing local skin temperature. The outcome measures were Brief Pain Inventory (BPI), pressure pain threshold (PPT), Roland Morris disability questionnaire (RMDQ) and low back skin temperature. This is an experimental clinical trial; after examination (AV0), patients were submitted to real or placebo cupping therapy (15 minutes, bilaterally at the points BL23 (Shenshu), BL24 (Qihaishu) and BL25 (Dachangshu) and were revaluated immediately after the session (AV1) and after one week (AV2). The patients showed a significant improvement in all pain severity items and sleep in the BPI and a decrease in disability in RMDQ. No significant differences were found in PPT or skin temperature. No significant differences were found in any outcome of the placebo cupping therapy group. Thus, the cupping therapy is effective reducing LBP and decreasing disability after one single session, but not change skin mechanical threshold or temperature.
Authors: Maria Palharim Volpato, Izabela Cristina Albano Breda, Ravena Carolina de Carvalho, Caroline de Castro Moura, Laís Leite Ferreira, Marcelo Lourenço Silva, Josie Resen de Torres Silva
Published in: J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2019 Nov 21. pii: S2005-2901(19)30200-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2019.11.004
Kommentar: Schröpfen an Bl 23, 24 und 25 (bilateral)