Myofascial Decompression at Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly is now offering Myofascial Decompression! What is MFD?

Did anyone notice the large circular marks on Michael Phelps during the last summer olympics? Those marks are from a therapeutic technique known as “Myofascial Decompression,” or sometimes better known as “cupping.”

Myofascial Decompression is a manual technique Physical Therapists use to address soft tissue dysfunction. Sometimes you have to work on the top layer – the skin and fascia to see results rather then going straight for the muscles in a compressive manner.   If the root cause of a problem (back pain, knee pain etc) is from the soft tissue structures, myofascial decompression can be an effective tool to help decompress the fascial layers and help you move more efficiently. The therapist can use various techniques to help decompression soft tissue. The cups can be placed on one or many muscles. The negative pressure of the cups can help “lift” the layer of fascia to increase mobility and improve movement.  Along side of MFD, therapists are trained to also provide functional movement patterns to coincide with the manual work of MFD. Both techniques have to work together to see optimal results.

If you are interested in Myofascial Decompression, please ask about our Physical Therapy program.