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Myofascial Decompression (MFD) or Cupping

Myofascial decompression (MFD) is a traditional Chinese therapy that has been adapted to the field of Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. Many professional athletes use cupping as part of their treatment and maintenance programs. 

Cupping is a therapeutic manual technique that utilizes glass or plastic cups to create negative pressure over a painful area in order to reduce pain and muscle spasms. It benefits the patient through myofascial stretch; improving range of motion, tissue quality/tissue healing, and improving tissue length in order to promote proper movement patterns to decrease pain and dysfunction. 

Cupping will aid in any therapeutic program in which muscular or tissue tension in found and when combined with other therapeutic treatments including corrective exercise, to eliminate dysfunctional movement, aids in restoring proper function.  

Conditions That May Benefit from (MFD) or Cupping 

CPTE’s physical therapists use Air Cupping. Air Cupping has been indicated in a variety of injuries including;

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Thoracic Pain
  • Shoulder and Scapular Dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines
  • Cervical spondylosis 
  • Myofascial soft tissue injuries
  • Muscle injuries. 

Benefits of (MFD) or Cupping

Air cupping is used to promote healing and blood flow to the injured area. Cupping can:

  • Eliminate pain
  • Eliminate any mechanical deficiencies caused by restricted soft tissue
  • Improving range of motion 
  • Promotes tissue healing
  • Treat myofascial strains and soft tissue restrictions unrelated to injury

Note: Cupping can result in deep red circles where the cups were placed, indicating that toxins and other cellular debris have moved from deeper tissue layers to the surface. Circles could last for up to a week or more, and are not painful, with the exception of some minimal initial soreness.

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