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Myofascial Decompression | Performance Physical Therapy

Myofascial Decompression | Performance Physical Therapy

At Performance Physical Therapy in the Sacramento region, we want our patients to experience the best care possible. Our Physical Therapists are offered an unlimited continuing education benefit to utilize the most recent advancements in rehabilitation.  

You can now experience Myofascial Decompression (Also known as Cup Therapy) at Performance Physical Therapy 

Last year, Physical Therapists Dr. Megan Self, DPT, and Dr. Mallory McGowan, DPT, along with Physical Therapist Assistant Jennifer O’Toole, attended a Myofascial Course presented by the Bay Area Sports Performance & Rehabilitation. Since then, they have incorporated this new technique into their treatment practices. Myofascial Decompression  has grown increasingly popular amongst athletes and people with movement restrictions and pain since Michael Phelps was spotted during the 2016 Olympics with large bruises that are associated with Cup Therapy. 

Benefits of Myofascial Decompression 

Cup Therapy in SacramentoWhen asked about the benefits of Myofasical Decompression, Dr. Mallory McGowan, DPT shared, Myofascial Decompression is the only modality in manual medicine that is decompressive in nature. The negative pressure forces allow for increases in space in the musculoskeletal system for improved tissue gliding and mobility. This can help alleviate pain, nerve compression, tight muscles, and stiffness in joints.” When asked about the difference between Myofascial Decompression and traditional Cupping Dr. McGowan added, “Modern cup therapy focuses on movement patterns within the muscular planes to improve flexibility and function through active movement and strengthening. This new technique heavily focuses on neuromuscular re-education and strengthening the targeted muscles. This helps essentially “set” the improved mobility and can maintain the motion by up to 60-75% throughout the next week. Studies show that without this neuromuscular re-education, patients only maintained about 10% of their improved mobility into the next week.” While Myofascial Decompression leaves behind large bruises, it is not a painful process. If it feels uncomfortable, the physical therapist or physical therapist assistant can release air in the cups easily to reduce some of the discomforts

Who can benefit most from Myofascial Decompression? 

Dr. Mallory McGowan, DPT, shared, “Anybody with movement restrictions (tight muscles and stiff joints) and pain can benefit from Myofascial Decompression. However, there are precautions and contraindications to Myofascial Decompression for some patients. These patients include those who have active cancer, very high blood pressure, and circulation problems, are on blood thinners, are pregnant, and who have diabetes or very thin/cracked skin. It is important to check with patients on these issues before initiating a Myofascial Decompression session.”

Interested in learning more about Myofascial Decompression? 

Call us today to schedule a free consultation with a physical therapist! If you are a current physical therapy patient, talk to your physical therapist to learn more. You can also check out the full interview with some of our PT team about the Myofascial Decompression here

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