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Cupping Therapy (Al-Hijama): It's Impact on Persistent Non-Specific Lower Back Pain and Client Disability
Hanan, S. A. and Eman, S. E.
Dept. of Medical Surgical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Ain Shams University, Egypt
back pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder affecting 80% of people at some
point in their lives. It is the most common cause of job-related disability, a
leading contributor to missed work, and the second most common neurological
ailment. Cupping is used in the treatment and cure of a broad range of
conditions; general physical as back pain and mental well-being. This study aimed to
evaluate effectiveness of cupping therapy (Al-Hijama) on management of
persistent non-specific lower back pain and client disability. Subjects
& Methods, The study was conducted at Islamic Al-Hijama Centre
– Yanbu City – Al Madinah Al Munawarah - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Thirty adult
clients diagnosed with nonspecific low back pain were enrolled in the study
with inclusive and exclusive criteria; Data collection tools: Client assessment
sheet; American Pain Society Client Outcome Questionnaire and Oswestry Low Back
Pain Disability Questionnaire, Results, sample included
(86.7%) males used wet cupping therapy (76.7%), there were highly statistical
significant for assessment of pain pre and post cupping therapy; and client's
ability to manage everyday life. Conclusion,cupping therapy is
effective in relieving persistent non- specific lower back pain and client
disability; no adverse effects were reported from subjects after the treatment.
It is recommended that using cupping therapy for enhance disability
and decrease pain of lower back pain.
[Hanan, S. A. and Eman, S. E. Cupping Therapy (Al-Hijama): It's Impact on Persistent Non-Specific Lower Back Pain and Client Disability. Life Sci J 2012;10(4s): 631-642] (ISSN:1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com.
Keywords: Lower Back Pain, Cupping Therapy, Al-hjiama
The manuscripts in this issue are presented as online first for peer-review, starting from January 6, 2013