Fundamentals of Myofascial Decompression

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About the Course:
Fundamentals of Myofascial Decompression is different from all other manual techniques, with or without instruments. The negative pressure produced during myofascial decompression or cupping therapy offers a distraction to the tissues allowing for increased blood flow and lymph drainage, improved movement and overall tissue healing & recovery. This stands in contrast to the shearing that is present with muscle stretching and all other myofascial treatments. Despite its popularity, there has traditionally been a gap in the literature for the appropriate dosage, timing, and frequency for the proper application of cupping for musculoskeletal problems.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify the principles of functional cupping and supporting evidence.
2. Recognize the physiological and neurological effects of cupping.
3. Select the proper techniques to apply cupping for best results.
4. Identify common cupping techniques and review indications/contraindications for each.
5. Select cupping techniques can be combined with corrective exercise to improve pain, sprains/strains, swelling, tendinopathies, and more.

About the Instructor:
Pieter L. de Smidt, PT, DPT, MDT, MTCPieter L. de Smidt has over 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. He has achieved certifications in Mckenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Manual Therapy, and Sports Therapy. With his Post- Professional Doctorate in PT he specialized in management of musculoskeletal injuries of the spine & extremities. He passionate about combining hands-on treatment with pain science education.Pieter L. de Smidt practices in his own clinic, “Reset-Wellness Physical Therapy & MedicalFitness”, in Houston, TX. He uses an evidence-based, integrated approach of manual therapy & exercise. The main focus for his practice is to bridge the gap between rehab and fitness byimproving patient’s lifestyle choices through education and to incorporate strength & conditioning principles into physical therapy