Myofascial Decompression/Cupping

In our effort to keep up with the latest research and cutting-edge treatments available today, Dresher Physical Therapy is excited to introduce a new technique for helping our patients achieve their goals and recover more quickly: Myofascial decompression (MFD) or cupping. This technique was frequently used during the recent Olympic Games!

What is Myofascial Decompression (MFD)/cupping?

MFD is a soft tissue mobilization like many other techniques used by physical therapist to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and release connective tissue adhesions. Most manual therapy techniques compress the tissue, but MFD works by decompressing the tissue. The cups are placed on the skin for approximately 2-4 min (as shown in the picture on the right). While the cups are on, the patient is stretched and/or actively moves in the direction(s) of greatest restriction.

How does MFD/cupping work?

  • Lifts connective tissue layers (fascia, skin, muscle)
  • Allows the connective tissue to glide between layers
  • Increases blood flow when cups are removed

Benefits of MFD/cupping:

  • Decreased pain
  • Improved flexibility and range of motion
  • Release of trigger points and tight muscles
  • Release of scar tissue/connective tissue adhesions
  • Improved function

We are very excited to bring this new technique to our patients at Dresher Physical Therapy. If you think MFD/cupping may help you with your injury, Contact Dresher Physical Therapy TODAY! We have physical therapists at both our Blue Bell and Fort Washington offices that are trained in this exciting new treatment option.