Western Medicine Cupping Certification (CWMC) ™




Course Description:

Pre-requisites: This certification course is open to DPT, PT, MD, DO, DC, OT, ATC and other rehab professionals.

* The course fees include a cupping set for you to take home.

This certification course is a 2-day “16 hours course”, which is 80% hands on, and 20% lecture. After successful completion of the written and practical exam, participants will be awarded the CWMC ™

The term “cupping” used here relates to the use of the negative pressure pneumatic device used to lift the tissues up to affect the   collagen cross bonding, adhesions, myofascial trigger points, and connective tissue matrix dysfunction, and DOES NOT refer to the application of Chinese Medicine traditional cupping, meridian theory, wet cupping, or the use of massage cupping.

This course will focus on teaching Western Medicine Cupping techniques as an active rather than passive treatment that is combined with the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal pain and of movement dysfunction. The techniques used in this course are based on Western Medicine principles including anatomy, biomechanics, kinesiology, differential diagnosis, Orthopedics and sports medicine principals, and various musculoskeletal diagnoses.

The course will teach the application and use of “negative pressure soft tissue mobilization” for the treatment of myofascial restrictions, movement dysfunction, muscle imbalances, neuromuscular impairment, and the resultant musculoskeletal pain.

The techniques taught will focus primarily on affecting collagen cross bonding, adhesions, fascial lines, myofascial trigger points and connective tissue matrix dysfunction. Furthermore, the application of the cups will be paired with certain active and active-assisted movements, neuromuscular reeducation patterns including PNF and stretching techniques to address the movement dysfunction or impairment that is present.

Proper protocols for various medical diagnoses will be addressed in the course including proper assessment, cup placement and movement patterns with the cups in place.


By the conclusion of this course, the participants should be able to perform the following

  • Describe the history and origin of cupping therapy and how the technique has evolved over time.
  • Differentiate between Chinese Medicine Cupping and Western Medicine cupping including differences in technique and application.
  • Demonstrate proper understanding of the histology and physiology of the connective tissue matrix and fascial system and their relation to movement dysfunction and musculoskeletal pain.
  • Demonstrate proper understanding of the different layers of skin and fascia and how it affects the neuromusculoskeletal system when there is a dysfunction present.
  • Demonstrate proper assessment of movement patterns for various parts of the body to identify fascial restrictions and movement restrictions that warrants the use of Western cupping techniques including objective measurements pre- and post-application of the technique.
  • Demonstrate proper and safe use of the pneumatic suction cups including indications, treatment time, contraindications, precautions and proper cleaning/disinfecting technique.
  • Demonstrate proper Western Medicine Cupping technique to address various diagnoses through targeting muscles, trigger points, junctional zones and connective tissue, including but not limited to sports injuries, sprains, strains, ITB friction syndrome, plantar fasciitis, knee OA/PFPS, Shoulder problems, spine disorders, scapular dyskinesia, lateral epicondylitis, Dequervain’s tenosynovitis, achilles tendinopathy, contractures and post operative scar mobilization.
  • Demonstrate proper understanding and application of Western Medicine Cupping to enhance athletic performance and prevent injuries.
  • Demonstrate proper safety technique while applying the Western Cupping technique including proper use of lubricant.
  • Demonstrate proper active movement techniques, neuromuscular re-education, PNF and stretching patterns applied with the cups in place.

Demonstrate proper understanding of the current available literature to support the use of Western Medicine Cupping.