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Defining MFD

Increased efficiency of motion through fascial flexibility and neuromuscular re-education

Negative pressure tools with Kinetic foundations- Myofascial Decompression Techniques are a movement based set of manual therapy treatment techniques which evolved out of addressing sports and orthopedic injuries which did not respond to traditional joint mobilization, HVLATs, other soft tissue interventions, or therapeutic exercise.  Simply addressing symptom based articular, neural, or muscular complaints are temporary fixes when the root cause of the problem may be connective tissue matrix dysfunction or fascial plane restriction.  Without addressing soft tissue densification and compensatory movement inefficiencies they may cause, outcomes will be less effective. Maximize your results with techniques that combine efficient biomechanics and movement patterns with foundations of MFR, Muscle Energy, mobilization with movement, PNF, and tool assisted soft tissue methods.

Research Abstract
MFD News/Information
We have partnered up with the University of California, San Francisco Department of Physical Therapy and Radiology for research collaborations to produce innovative cutting edge assessments using Myofascial Decompression techniques. 

MFD in the Media

What are the differences between Myofascial Decompression Techniques and cupping?

MFD is based on assessing and correcting movement inefficiencies. Backgrounds in biomechanics, kinesiology, and functional anatomy are essential to identify and treat ROM restrictions and muscular imbalance.  Interventions include neuromuscular re-education, AAROM, and PNF, making the patient an active participant in their treatment.  Traditional cupping does not include active movement, and often is targeting energetic imbalances from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective.  MFD is a novel approach to musculoskeletal treatment, utilizing negative pressure tools and western medicine based movement paradigms and algorithms.  These applications are very effective for orthopedics, sports medicine, contractures, post-op recovery, overcoming dominance strategies, postural syndromes, hand therapy, neuro re-education, and scar mobilization.

Why is fascia so important with regard to movement?

This link will give you a greater insight into fascia from the lens of a French hand surgeon 'Strolling under the skin'

Why should I utilize these techniques as compared to other STM tools out there in the market?

The myofascial decompression approach is the only one of its kind that works in the lifting of adhesions with movement instead of compressing on tissues.  If collagen is cross bonded, and fibrosis around tissues leads to decreased blood flow or metabolic exchange, it makes much more physiologic sense to pull on these structures instead of pressing down on them to allow flow improved exchange and mobility.