Video Course: Orthopedic Cupping: Part 3-Lower-Extremity Conditions

Dr. Joi Edwards

This course is approved for Florida’s “Distance Learning Hands-On Technique” category for the 2021-2023 renewal period (CE Broker course #20-1083050 for FL only).

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Apply what you learned in Orthopedic Cupping: Part 1—Cupping 101 to use orthopedic cupping for lower-extremity conditions. Learn to identify lower-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 lower-body conditions: low-back pain, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, ankle sprain, and iliotibial (IT) band pain.

This is the third course in a series of three courses.

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Course Outline
  • Orthopedic injuries and adhesions
  • Cupping goals
  • Safety
  • Low-back pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sciatica
  • Ankle sprain
  • Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
Learning Objectives

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

  • Define the terms orthopedic cupping and lower-extremity condition.
  • List the contraindications of orthopedic cupping.
  • Describe the orthopedic cupping techniques for sciatica.
  • Describe the orthopedic cupping techniques for plantar fasciitis.
  • Describe the orthopedic cupping techniques for ankle sprain.
  • Describe the orthopedic cupping techniques for ITB pain.
  • Describe the orthopedic cupping techniques for low-back pain.
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

Topics and Techniques

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.

Copyright Statement
All of the ABMP courses contain materials that are proprietary to ABMP. None of the course material may be used without the express written permission of ABMP. Materials may include, but are not limited to, video, audio, images, documents, and slides. Course materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course and may not be shared publicly or shown to groups. Unauthorized retention, duplication, distribution, or modification of copyrighted materials is strictly prohibited by law. Check your state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy before practicing any new modalities or techniques.


"Dr. Joi is a wonderful instructor. She's easy to follow and listen to and I appreciate the way she explains things. Thank you!"

"Love all the lower-body techniques that were taught. Thank you, Dr. Joi!"