Last weekend, six members of our staff had a chance to take Myofascial Decompression classes at Kaiser Sacramento. You may remember from our first What The Cup post, over the summer Brett, Marcia and Ila traveled to UCSF to learn the level 1 fundamentals of using negative pressure with movement science to give an evidence-based treatment for orthopedic and sports medicine conditions.
They had such a great experience in the course, that two of our wonderful clinicans from our Auburn clinic, Amy and Allison, decided to take the same course. Brett, Ila, Marcia and Kirsten took the advanced course, which focuses on advanced techniques and sport-specific treatments.
Myofascial decompression or “cup therapy” has been gaining popularity since Michael Phelps was seen sporting his round marks at the 2016 Olympics. In our physical therapy practice, we use the cups over restricted areas in the muscle during specific movement and exercise in order to correct movement dysfunction. The cups provide a negative pressure to decompress the area, and when coupled with movement, the treatment can retrain the body's movement patterns.
The research behind myofascial decompression is growing, and current movement science literature is showing more positive effects of the use of decompression to treat inefficient movement patterns, sports injuries, contractures, chronic orthopedic problems, decreased flexibility, and more!
At Family Physical Therapy, we believe it is important to stay educated on the latest medical research in the fields of exercise and physiology. Cup therapy provides us another tool to treat muscular and fascial dysfunction.
We are please to announce that since completing the advanced course, Ila, Kirsten, Marcia and Brett now qualify to sit for the exam to gain the accolade MFDc (Myofascial Fascial Decompression Certifed).
A special thank you to Bay Area Sports Performance and Rehabilitation and Christopher Daprato for a great class on Myofascial Decompression Techniques.