Myofascial Decompression, also known as cupping therapy, is an innovative approach in which a manual pump device is used to provide suction to skin and underlying tissue inside an applicator cup. This places stress on the skin and underlying tissue, stimulating tissue healing through the body’s own natural inflammatory response.
What does Myofascial Decompression do?
• Releases tonic, tight, over facilitated muscles
• Releases trigger points, bringing in blood flow and nutrient exchange
• Loosens scar adhesions/scar tissue
• Relieves pain by acting as a counterirritant
• Improves range of motion and muscular performance
What should I expect and how will I feel?
When the suction is applied the vacuum under the cups causes the skin directly under the cups to rise and blood vessels to expand. The vacuum that is created by the suction applied to the cups decompresses the tissue restriction that is present between layers of skin, fascia, and muscle. While the cups are in place, the individual, with assistance from the therapist, performs different movement patterns to re-educate the dysfunctional tissue, helping to improve range of motion and reduce pain. This method is generally used in conjunction with other treatments to help alleviate pain, and individual response will vary from person to person.
When might Myofascial Decompression be appropriate?
Myofascial Decompression is an effective treatment to enhance the quality of patient outcomes with minimal side effects. This makes it an appropriate means of addressing a wide range of acute and chronic conditions that hinder mobility and cause pain. The technique has been shown to have improvements with the following:
- AC Joint Impingement
- Bicipital Tendonitis
- Back Pain/Neck Pain
- Hamstring/Calf Injuries
- Chronic Muscle Tension
- Overuse Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Post-Surgical Adhesions
- Overuse Injuries
- Decreased Flexibility
- Scar Mobilization
- Sports Injuries
- Additional Musculoskeletal Issues