Myofascial Decompression or “Cupping” Technique by Mike Manzo, MPT

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As physical therapists continue to learn more about the human body and consider more deeply the functional anatomy, new techniques emerge.  A new technique, employed by the PTs at Atlantic Physical Therapy Center is called Myofascial Decompression (MFD).  This technique is the blending of the ancient technique of “cupping” with principles of tissue mobilization and myofascial release.
The cups impart a distracting and decompressing force through the skin which is attached to deeper layers of tissue (fascia).  Using this technique, we can mobilize tissue in a unique way and gain stretch that we cannot achieve with standard methods.  Watch the video below which demonstrates and explains this technique further.