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The present study was as a randomized placebo-controlled three-armed parallel-group trial comprised of twenty-one healthy novice men who were randomly assigned to one of three groups: a dry-CT intervention group, a placebo, sham cupping (SC) group, or a control group that received no post-exercise treatment. Training and treatment sessions took place every three days over an eight-week period. The effectiveness of CT was determined based on decreases in visual analogue scale (VAS) scores indicating DOMS severity. Secondary outcome measures, multidimensional fatigue inventory (MFI) scores indicting fatigue variations and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) scores indicated quality of sleep, were also evaluated for each group.

Publication Date

Spring 2021


Boiling Springs, NC


Medicine and Health Sciences | Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Sports Sciences

Cupping Therapy on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness of Back Musculature in College-Aged Male Lifters