Advanced Cupping for Orthopedic Conditions

including passive mobilization, active movement, and "wet" cupping

With Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DAOM, DNBAO, FAIPM

Billed once per year until cancelled

Cupping has unique benefits for musculo-skeletal pain that cannot be obtained any other way. Cupping decompresses and stretches myofascial tissues away from the underlying structures (instead of pushing them into bones, like massage).

Beyond "set and forget" static cups, advanced orthopedic cupping can provide more powerful therapeutic effects for neuro-musculoskeletal pain and disability, including:

  • Precisely and actively engaging, stretching and mobilizing the underlying muscles, tendons, fascia and joints
  • Reducing painful trigger points and adhesions
  • Triggering muscle relaxation reflexes
  • Draining areas of inflammation and lymphatic congestion (heat, qi and blood stagnation, and damp-phlegm accumulations)
  • Drawing fresh blood through tight, adhered or restricted muscles, removing wastes and bringing new oxygen and nutrients to injured area
  • Decreasing pain-inhibition to movement
  • And restoring normal muscle-tendon strength and flexibility, and joint range-of-motion

Passive cupping

Beyond "sliding," passive cupping employs a variety of specific mobilization techniques using both directed suction, and passive movement of the affected limbs.

Active cupping

Guiding patients through precise movements with cups in place over specific myofascial tissues combines therapeutic exercise with suction for synergistic benefits.

Passive and active cupping requires the acupuncturist to understand the optimal types and directions of myofascial tissue mobilization for specific body regions and injuries.

"Wet" cupping

involves cups applied to body regions following the use of a 7-star, lancet or 3-edged needle, in order to enhance the movement of stagnant body fluids that trap heat, dampness and phlegm (inflammation) and obstruct the inflow of new, fresh blood.

Class Topics:

Safety and standards of care

  • Cautions and contraindications
  • Patient education and informed consent
  • Manual pump vs. fire cupping
  • Risk reduction protocols and management of adverse events
  • Cup disinfection and re-use
  • Post-cupping protocols

Passive and active cupping: therapeutic mechanisms, indications and protocols for specific body regions

  • Regional muscle hypertonicity/spasticity
  • Paraspinals
  • Forearm
  • Shoulder girdle
  • Gluteals
  • Quadriceps, IT band and hamstrings
  • Calves

“Wet” cupping: therapeutic mechanisms, indications and protocols for specific conditions

  • Acute sprain/strain injuries
  • Bursitis (shoulder, hip, knee, calcaneal)
  • Adhesive capsulitis
  • Tendinitis and tendinosis
  • Chronic myofascial pain and blood stasis

Integrating advanced orthopedic cupping into acupuncture clinic flow

  • Combining cupping with other therapies
  • Billing and coding
  • Documentation for malpractice defense and to support insurance billing

AOM Professional is pleased to offer members of California Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine Associates (CalATMA) a 10% discount on classes. Now you can support the California Acupuncture profession while you learn!