New Methods of Myofascial Decompression (Cupping)

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By Mike Manzo, PT, MPT, Atlantic Physical Therapy Center

As physical therapists continue to learn more about the human body and consider more deeply the functional anatomy, new techniques emerge.

A new technique, employed by the Physical Therapists (PTs) at Atlantic Physical Therapy Center is called Myofascial Decompression (MFD).

This technique is the blending of the ancient technique of “cupping” with principles of tissue mobilization and myofascial release. The cups impart a distracting and decompressing force through the skin which is attached to deeper layers of tissue (fascia). Using this technique, we can mobilize tissue in a unique way and gain stretch that we cannot achieve with standard methods.

It is used specifically to decompress adhesions and scar tissue, relax muscles in spasm, decrease trigger point pain, and decrease tissue changes and inflammation following trauma. Cumulative treatments increase muscle endurance, circulation, increase lymphatic drainage and enhances overall ability to recover from workouts and strenuous activity.

Watch this Youtube video which demonstrates and explains this technique further.

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