Myofascial Decompression Therapy

Myofascial Decompression Therapy (MDT) is one treatment option used to release restrictions in the muscle and the fascia, thus reducing pain due to stiffness and trigger points. Cups are used to decompress soft tissue, muscle, tendons, ligament, and fascia of the body. The fascia is dense connective tissue made up of collagen, it surrounds the muscle, nerve, blood vessels and organs. Muscles interact with one another with the assistance of the fascia. When there is an injury, either chronic or acute, the fascia is also affected. The network of fascial planes is disrupted due to scar tissue adhesions.

MDT involves the use of plastic cups that are gently suctioned onto the client’s body with a vacuum pump to varying pressures. This draws the soft tissue into the cups where they may be left in place or moved around. Cupping is ideal for clients with fascial restrictions or tight muscles, poor circulation, decreased mobility, difficulties with healing and scarring or adhesions.

The physiotherapist can modify or adapt the treatment in order to accomplish a range of techniques by mobilizing blood flow in order to promote the healing process. Cupping therapy can be combined with movement in order to facilitate an active release. The aim of this treatment is to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, and bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues.

It is common for clients to experience some skin marking with this treatment. This can range from red rings that quickly disappear or some mild to severe bruising due to breaking down the muscle fiber. Treatments are typically painless and the discoloration usually disappears after a few days.

Cupping therapy is not recommended for clients with frail or extremely sensitive skin.

It is recommended that clients book a 30-minute session to receive the most benefits from this treatment. To book a cupping treatment, call 613-635-7026.

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