Cupping/Myofascial Decompression (MFD)

The Kinetic Chain Physical Therapy: Cupping / Myofascial DecompressionMost manual therapy utilized in physical therapy is very compressive in nature (soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, joint mobilization.)

MFD works in the decompression of adhesions; reducing inhibition of fluids and nutrient exchange. It is effective in decreasing stiffness and pain, improving tissue health and increasing mobility. We use MFD clinically to:

  • Decrease mechanical connective tissue changes following inflammation or trauma
  • Decrease trigger Points (presence of hypersensitive, tender tissue within the
    muscle belly)
  • Decrease myofascial dysfunction, scar adhesions, scar tissue
  • Decrease myofascial syndromes; i.e. faulty patterning due to hypertonic muscles

Almost everyone, athletes included, is left with circular marks from the negative pressure of the cups. See the chart below for a description of what each color or pattern represents.