“So it’s important to continue to learn about new innovations that can help us achieve results… and have a variety of COMPLEMENTARY modalities in our toolbox.”
POSITIVE PRESSURE THERAPY
Positive pressure therapies include any protocol where you’re creating downward pressure into the tissues.
Positive pressure therapies include:
– Soft Tissue Massage
– IASTM Instruments and Techniques
– Trigger Point/Acupressure
– Foam Rolling or Other Forms of Self-Myofascial Release (SMR)
– High-Speed Vibration
– Percussive Therapeutic Massage
Almost all manual therapy techniques create positive pressure downward into the tissue. These techniques, like massage, are research-proven to help reduce your patients pain or fatigue.
2018 Study: Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis on An Evidence- Based Approach for Choosing Post-Exercise Recovery Techniques to Reduce Markers of Muscle Damage, Soreness, Fatigue, and Inflammation…Dupuy et al., 
Key Results: Maximising the performance capacity of an athlete is not only a matter of training. It also depends on an optimal balance between training and recovery in order to prevent maladaptation to accumulated psychological and physiological stresses induced by the training load (Meeusen et al., 2013; Soligard et al., 2016) [3,4]. Massage seems to be one of the most effective methods for reducing DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and perceived fatigue.
But once again, whether you rely on your hands or your favourite therapeutic device to facilitate your manual therapy, all of the approaches create positive pressure to increase function and mitigate restrictions in the tissue.
“This is why myofascial decompression or negative pressure therapy is the perfect COMPLEMENT to your current treatment protocols and a crucial modality to understand.”
NEGATIVE PRESSURE THERAPY
Negative pressure therapy is another way you can address musculoskeletal and fascial challenges and maladaptations in your patients.
One example of negative pressure therapy is Myofascial Decompression (MFD) or Dry Cupping. This method has been around for thousands of years. MFD uses a cupping device to create a suction and negative pressure.
MFD mechanically increases blood circulation while physiologically activating the immune system to stimulate the mechanosensitive fibers and reduce your patients pain. There is initial scientific evidence that dry cupping is able to reduce musculoskeletal pain. It has also been proven to be an effective modality for improving health and function.
LYMPHATOUCH TAKES MFD TO A NEW LEVEL
ABOUT AUTHOR: DR. JOHN PECORA, DC
Dr. John Pecora is a Sports Chiropractic Specialist and Dean’s List graduate of Southern California University of Health Sciences and has been in private practice since 2004.
Dr. Pecora has worked with and treated athletes from the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, PGA, ASP/WSL, AVP, X Games, Olympics, as well as Collegiate athletes…and specializes in manual therapy (SPRT/ART),IASTM (Graston/HawkGrips), Kinesiology Taping (Kinesio, RockTape, FMT, TheraBand), joint mobilization and manipulation, numerous TherEx protocols, as well as numerous modalities including laser, PEMF, HSVT (High- Speed Vibration Therapy), PTM (Percussive Therapeutic Massage), MFD (Myofascial Decompression), Dry Needling, EPAT…and has his PES (Performance Exercise Specialist) from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).