Researchers assessed the effectiveness of two different forms of dry pulsatile cupping -- pulsatile cupping and minimal cupping -- in people with chronic lower back pain compared to medication on demand. In pulsatile cupping, strong negative pressure is generated with a pump. On the other hand, minimal cupping involves generating weak negative pressure.
For the study, the researchers enrolled 110 people who suffer from chronic lower back pain and then randomly divided them into three groups. One group of participants received regular eight pulsatile cupping sessions along with paracetamol on demand. Another group received eight minimal cupping along with paracetamol. Lastly, a control group only received paracetamol on demand.
The researchers assessed the intensity of pain and back function of the participants after four and 12 weeks. Additionally, the participants answered questionnaires regarding their quality of life after four and 12 weeks.
The results of the study revealed that both pulsatile cupping and minimal cupping reduced chronic lower back pain and improved back function after four weeks compared to the control group. There were no significant differences between the effect of pulsatile cupping and minimal cupping after four weeks. However, after 12 weeks, only the pulsatile cupping group experienced chronic lower back pain relief compared to the control group. In addition, the researchers observed improvements in quality of life in the pulsatile cupping group after four and 12 weeks.
With these findings, the researchers concluded that pulsatile cupping and minimal cupping provide pain relief to people with chronic lower back pain after four weeks. However, only pulsatile cupping caused significant effects compared to control after 12 weeks. These findings suggest that dry cupping is an effective alternative for treating chronic lower back pain.
Researchers have been trying to find alternatives to painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs as these cause harmful side effects when used over long periods of time. As of today, researchers have looked at these popular natural remedies for back pain relief:
While more research is needed before any of these remedies can be used as a standard treatment, these remedies provide relief for mild to moderate back pain. However, before trying any of these alternatives, it's best to consult a health professional first to avoid worsening your condition.
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