Video Course: Orthopedic Cupping: Part 2-Upper-Extremity Conditions

Dr. Joi Edwards

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Apply what you learned in Orthopedic Cupping: Part 1—Cupping 101 to use orthopedic cupping for upper-extremity conditions. Learn to identify upper-body conditions that indicate orthopedic cupping as a helpful modality. Course content includes an overview of orthopedic conditions, cupping safety, and contraindications. Learn orthopedic cupping techniques for the following upper-body conditions: TMJ issues, rotator cuff injury, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, trapezius strain/pain, biceps tendinitis, and thumb tendinitis.

This is the second course is a series of three courses.

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Course Outline
  • Orthopedic injuries and adhesions
  • Cupping goals
  • Safety
  • TMJ disorder
  • Rotator cuff pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Thumb tendinitis
  • Biceps tendinitis
  • Trapezius pain
Learning Objectives

Having viewed the online massage therapy CE course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the terms orthopedic cupping and upper-extremity condition.
  • List the contraindications of orthopedic cupping.
  • Describe the orthopedic cupping techniques for TMJ disorder.
  • Describe the orthopedic cupping techniques for a rotator cuff injury.
  • Describe the orthopedic cupping techniques for tennis elbow.
  • Describe the orthopedic cupping techniques for carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Describe the orthopedic cupping techniques for upper trapezius strain and pain.
  • Describe the orthopedic cupping techniques for biceps tendinitis.
  • Describe the orthopedic cupping techniques for thumb tendinitis.
Dr. Joi Edwards

Dr. Joi Edwards is both a licensed massage therapist and a licensed physical therapist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation, a doctorate degree in physical therapy, and a specialization in orthopedic manual therapy. She has extensive experience in the orthopedic field with both injuries and surgical conditions. She works full time as a physical therapist, owns her own continuing education company, Owlchemy Education, and successfully fuses the science of orthopedics with the art and intuition of massage, bridging both worlds together with the magic of silicone cups! Learn more at

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This online massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


Visit the ABMP Education Center FAQ page for a full list of resources.

Q: Is this massage therapy CE course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
A: Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

Q: How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
A: After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

Q: How do I access my CE certificates?
A: CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page. Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.


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"I really enjoyed this class. The instructor is great and makes it fun to watch as she shows us how to do each technique."