Myofacial Decompression / Cupping

What are the benefits of MFD?

  • Increased circulation & organization of blood flow in the affected area
  • Passively stretches myofascial tissue
  • Increased ROM in affected area
  • Increases collagen production and tissue repair
  • Decreases muscle spasm
  • Decreased perception of pain

What Is Myofascial Decompression Technique (MFD)?

MFD is a technique that uses negative pressure cups with movement to increase the efficiency of movement though fascial flexibility and neuromuscular education. It uses suction cups and a pump to lift skin, fascia and muscle to stimulate blood flow, increase range of motion, promote healing and decrease pain.



How does it differ from “Cupping”?

Traditional “Eastern Chinese Cupping” uses acupuncture meridians and heat and is a passive treatment. MFD involves specific active movement patters, followed by neuromuscular exercise and education. It is based on assessing and correcting movement inefficacies, and designed to increase connective tissue mobility.



What Conditions is MFD used for?

  • Muscle strains, tightness
  • Trigger Points
  • Low back and neck pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Post op
  • Contractures
  • Movement pattern/biomechanical problems
  • Athletes with decreased range of motion
  • Postural Syndromes



Common Side Effects

  • Ecchymosis (bruising)- will last 3-7 days
  • Minor erythema
  • Edema




  • Unhealed wounds
  • Hemophilia, Leukaemia, TB
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Pregnancy
  • Fever, flue
  • Anemia
  • High blood Pressure
  • Moderate- severe cardiac conditions
  • Vasculitis
  • Active Cancer
  • Skin elasticity disorders




  • Varicose veins, Venous Stasis
  • Blood thinners
  • Thin skin
  • Diabetes with neuropathy
  • Swollen tissue



Is this covered under my benefits?

MFD is delivered by Reg. Physiotherapist Charlotte Savela and is covered under Physiotherapy benefits. She also may use it as a treatment option for MVA and WSIB patients.

Charlotte was trained in MFD by its founder Christopher DePrato who is an associate professor at University of San Francisco. DePrato works with Team USA ( as seen on Michael Phelps), professional sports teams and teaches his technique to PT’s worldwide.