Myofascial Decompression (MFD) is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment that has been around for thousands of years and has recently re-gained popularity. Many viewers of the Olympics may recall seeing round bruises or red marks on athletes and wondering what they were from? Myofascial Decompression (MFD) with cupping has become more common in wellness communities, as well as in physical therapy treatments.
This cupping therapy uses cups to decompress soft tissues (muscle, tendon, ligaments, and fascia) throughout the body. When there is an injury in the body, it can affect the fascia in your body, create scar tissue, and restrict your function and mobility. When your body starts to compensate for immobility, it can lead to further pain and injuries.
Cupping helps to mobilize blood flow and promote healing. The negative pressure created by the suction of the cup pulls the skin and fascia to allow metabolic exchange within the tissues. Cupping helps to rid the body of metabolic byproducts such as lactic acid and toxins. This release, as well as releasing endorphins, leads to a decrease in pain and tension in tissues. The decompression increases mobility by improving fascial adhesion, the temperature of your tissues, and the viscosity of tissues.
MFD with cupping has been found to be more effective than heat, stretching, or foam rolling for improving mobility and decreasing pain.