myofascial decompression

Myofascial decompression cupping can be used in the treatment of chronic overuse injuries.


These can include but are not limited to tendinosis, tendonitis, bursitis and other myofascial pain syndromes like low back pain, mid-back pain, neck pain, elbow pain, and shoulder pain.


For cupping therapy, plastic or silicone suction cups are used to create negative pressure between the layers of tissues in an affected area on the body. A suction gun is used to extract the air out of the cup, creating this pressure. This draws blood that is rich in nutrients to the affected area and helps to encourage quicker healing.


Cupping can be especially good for people who work out a lot. There is some evidence to suggest the effects of cupping can last longer than massage alone.

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Myofascial Decompression Benefits

  • Increases space between the tissues allowing for better fluid and nutrient exchange

  • Increases blood flow

  • Improves scar mobility

  • Decreases trigger points

  • Releases connective tissue adhesions within the tissues

  • Speeds up recovery times

  • Decreases pain

  • Improves movement quality

  • Passively stretches myofascial tissue

  • Increases range of motion of the affected area

  • Increases collagen production and tissue repair

  • Relieves muscle spasms

  • Breaks up adhesions in tissue (similar to massage)

  • Reduces inflammation

  • By alleviating pain and promoting relaxation.

Contraindications

Cupping is safe for pretty much everybody!
However, there are a few exceptions where cupping would not be the best option for treatment, these are:

  • Young children

  • People with heart problems

  • Currently taking blood thinning meds

  • Open wounds

  • Pregnancy

  • History of vascular disease such as DVT

  • Varicose veins

  • Any bleeding

Patients should also be aware that cupping therapy can potentially bruise or mark your skin. The marks can last anytime between a day and a week, however they are nothing to worry about and shouldn’t be painful.