What to Do After Myofascial Decompression

The most common misunderstanding regarding after effects of Myofascial Decompression (MFD), is the marks that sometimes result. When injuries occur deep in the muscle, bleeding often occurs causing what looks like deep bruises.

The vacuum formed by this technique draws up the old non-circulating stagnant blood, proteins and sticky fluids from the area, bringing them up to the surface and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area, thus making space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery. Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body, MFD can leave marks which indicates that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface, where it can be flushed out easier.

Olympic Swimmer
Chemicals used in pools that athletes train and compete in for many hours are toxic. MFD draws these out of the body which otherwise would remain. Many athletes rely on MFD on a regular basis to detoxify and enhance performance.

After your treatment, it is not uncommon to experience sore skin and what looks like bruising. This is both an expected and normal effect of the session. The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area. If marks do appear, they can range from a bright red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a week – sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary.

While the marks look painful, they aren’t. If there is no stagnation present, there will be only a light pink mark which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple cupping treatments to remove all stagnation. You will find in follow-up treatments that the marks will be visibly lighter as the pathogens are systemically removed from the body.

Remember, drink plenty of water following your treatment to help  keep your muscles hydrated.  This will help expedite your recovery process after MFD.

Avoid the following for 24 hours after your MFD session:

  • Excessive and/or Heavy Exercise
  • Hot Tubs
  • Saunas
  • Steam Rooms
  • Extreme Cold and AC
  • Icing of area
  • Sunbathing
  • Heavy Meals


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