Cupping is a traditional form of treatment used for centuries, but more recently, it has shown benefits regarding sport-specific injuries and disorders. As a result, it is starting to be incorporated into sports medicine and rehabilitation. The use of negative pressure caused by the suction (instead of compression or massage) assists in the treatment of pain or stubborn conditions, muscles strains, inflammation, and many non-athletic disorders.
**Phase 5 uses two forms of cupping in its practice – static cupping and myofascial decompression (MFD)**
Static cupping is the traditional form of cupping that leaves the cup in place for five minutes before moving it to a new treatment area. Benefits include the rapid facilitation of rigid soft tissue release and a loosening and lifting of connective tissue. It also focuses on breaking up and draining stagnation while increasing blood lymph flow to skin and muscles in ways not possible by compression. In addition, the pulling sensation of the cup engages the parasympathetic nervous system allowing for deep relaxation to the soft tissues of the body.
Myofascial decompression (MFD) is a novel approach to manual therapy and exercise that combines negative pressure technology (cupping) with evidence-based movement science principles in orthopedics and sports medicine. Its focus targets the efficiency of motion with fascial mobility and neuromuscular re-education. MFD is based on assessing and correcting movement inefficiencies, whereas static cupping does not involve movement. The main benefits of MFD are to increase the mobility of the soft tissues treated and to decrease adhesions and scar tissue that inhibit proper motion.
Like most medical interventions, there are risks and rewards involved in cupping and MFD. Please consult with the professionals at Phase 5 to see if cupping or MFD is right for you.