Myofascial Decompression

Myofascial Decompression:

Myofascial Decompression, otherwise known as Cupping or Vacuum Therapy,
is a form of soft tissue work where a pneumatic pump is used along with clean, plastic
vacuum cups to achieve a prolonged soft tissue stretch.  There are many approaches to myofascial release, such as foam rolling, tiger tails, magic sticks, and even massage techniques. However, many times these tools or techniques do not truly provide a release or a change in the length of underlying connective tissues.

In order to cause a permanent change in length of connective tissues, including fascia, research tells us that we must apply and maintain a low-load prolonged stretch, and that must be maintained for minutes, not seconds to be effective. In my experience, aside from grabbing soft tissue and holding it on stretch or using very slow and prolonged facial “hold” techniques, you just can’t get a proper change in fascial dynamics.


The Physical Therapists at Evolution Sports Physiotherapy all see Myofascial Decompression as a beneficial adjunctive treatment technique in our rehabilitative arsenal, especially when a patient presents with soft tissue restrictions that may inhibit proper biomechanics or result as a painful sequellae of another orthopedic condition. Myofascial Decompression can be useful in the treatment of chronic overuse injuries such as bursitis, tendinitis, tendinosis, and myofascial pain syndromes. It also may be effective with some post-surgical patients who develop soft tissue restrictions as a result of surgical trauma and bleeding causing adhesions within the body’s fascial system.



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