Mohammad Mohsen Roostayi
Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
Mohammad Mohsen Roostayi has been graduated with PhD degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences as a physical therapist. He is an Assistant Professor at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and currently working as a Vice Chancellor (for education) of the rehabilitation school of the Shahid Beheshti University.
Cupping therapy has been widely used for clinical treatment of soft tissue lesions. The current study investigated the effects of cupping therapy on biomechanical properties of the skin in Wistar rats. 20 rats were divided into two groups: 10 in experimental and 10 in control group. Either the right or the left lower quadrants of the lumbar regions in the experimental group underwent 10 minutes daily cupping therapy for 12 days. The skin stiffness and ultimate tensile strength of all the rats were measured using tensiometer. The skin stiffness and ultimate tensile strength were decreased significantly in cupping side of the experimental group as compared with the non-cupping side and the control group. There were no significant differences between the non-cupping side of the experimental group and the control group. In conclusion, cupping therapy can be useful as a treatment method to reduce the skin stiffness and ultimate tensile strength.