As some of you know or remember, I spent a few years doing a study on whether cupping would help those with fibromyalgia feel better. I ended the study early because of -well ……….COVID. So, I thought it was time to look at the results, since I don’t believe I will really be able to finish it……COVID. Even though I haven’t professionally tabulated all the results, I can tell you what I believe I found. I had 8 clients with fibromyalgia that had cupping mostly on their back and 3 clients that just had massage without cupping on upper body. We did these sessions every two weeks for 5 sessions. They filled out a questionnaire about how they felt the week after the massage: how they slept, whether they felt fatigued, stiff, anxious, depressed, headaches, memory loss, pain, were some of the questions addressed. And how long the positive or negative affects lasted. Some of those questioned felt positive results were felt for 1 1/2 weeks, 3 days or not at all or it changed week to week. Those who chose not to do the cupping were very sensitive to deep touch.
Like I said, this is not professionally tabulated results especially since the study is not going to be finished, but it seems that the positive effects differed from person to person. Those who benefitted from cupping really loved it and looked forward to their sessions and those who didn’t get as much long-lasting benefits still enjoyed the cupping or maybe they just liked getting massage. Those who didn’t want to get the cupping received lighter massage and benefitted from the relaxing aspect of massage.
Fibromyalgia is so different for each person. It can include fatigue, muscle pain, and stiffness, depression and anxiety, headaches and memory loss or brain clouds and can change from day to day. Each person can have slightly different symptoms. I did find it interesting that some wanted very deep pressure and a lot of cupping and some could only handle light pressure and cupping was out of the question. So, my conclusion is– cupping can help some people with fibromyalgia get some pain relief, while others do better with light touch and cupping would not benefit them at all.