Myofascial & Other Techniques

Myofascial Cupping

Myofascial Cupping Technique™

  • The Myofascial Cupping Technique™ was developed by David Sheeehan in 2002. The technique involves the gliding of negatively pressurised cups over the body with the assistance of massage cream.
  • The technique differs greatly when compared to traditional cupping and importantly, leaving marks on the skin is NOT part of the desired treatment outcome.
  • It also should be performed at a pressure level that is almost painless to the client.
  • Unlike other massage techniques that use compression into the soft tissue to release tension, Myofascial Cupping Technique™ lifts and separates soft tissue, known as negative or tensional pressure.
  • Increasing nutrient rich blood supply to the muscles and connective tissues, while giving a gentle passive stretch to the underlying tissue.
  • The Myofascial Cupping Technique™ can provide profound benefits, particularly with assisting the body in maintaining RoM, releasing Myofascial Trigger Points and easing restrictive and sometimes painful facial adhesions commonly found in repetitive movements stemming from sports and the workplace.
  • By reducing facial adhesions and encouraging optimal hydration levels of soft tissue, the Myofascial Cupping Technique™ can assist in reducing the incidence of injury and maintaining functional soft tissue.

Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling

  • Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling, MTrPDN, is a technique that uses acupuncture needles inserted into trigger points within a muscle to help them release.
  • The use of acupuncture needles is the only real similarity between the two techniques.
  • Whilst it’s not for everyone, MTrPDN is an effective alternative treatment when other manual techniques aren’t achieving the desired results.
  • Your suitability for MTrPDN can be determined during initial treatments and discussed prior to any employment of the technique.

How does it work

  • The way MTrPDN works in simple terms, the presence of the needle inserted into the muscle, creates an immune response within the system.
  • This encourages the body’s healing mechanisms to promote the rehabilitation of the injured tissues and return to proper function.
  • Within MTrPDN there are several sub techniques that can be used in various situations.
  • MTrPDN should always be used in conjunction with remedial massage techniques to deliver an overall treatment program.
  • This will help the system heal and speed up the recovery process from injury and assist in the management of chronic pain.


  • RockTape is actually a brand of kinesiology tape. This type of tape was first developed in the 1970’s in Japan by Dr Kenzo Kase and was first used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan.
  • Kinesiology tape rose to prominence after the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and is increasingly seen on athletes at all levels of competition, it is also used by a wide variety of health professionals throughout the world to help treat injuries and pain.
  • Unlike traditional athletic rigid taping, that binds and doesn’t stretch, RockTape is engineered to mimic the human skin.
  • This stretchiness is what allows RockTape to work so effectively, it stretches up to 180% of it’s length but has amazing ‘snapback’ allowing it to lift the skin and underlying soft tissue, creating an increase in neural feedback.
  • It is this neurological feedback that assists the system to promote healing through 3 main effects:

Fluid Effect

  • Promoting a more normal fluid dynamic in the taped area through the decompressed tissue.
  • Swelling is be able to flow out of the area, reducing any toxins that has resulted from inflammation and injury.
  • Blood flow is increased due to less resistance allowing more oxygen and nutrients to enter, vital for healing and recovery.

Mechanical Effect

  • With reduced pressure on the underlying soft tissues a more normal slide and glide mechanics between the soft tissue layers is restored, promoting improved movement and function of the muscles.

Neurological Effect

  • A lot of pain in movement or muscular contractions is generated by nerve endings in the space between the skin and muscle.
  • When RockTape is applied it decompresses this space, reducing the pressure on the nerve endings so pain is lessened or stopped completely at the source.
  • Many therapists believe that one of the main effects of RockTape application is to improve proprioception, which can help to reduce pain and improve your movement through neurological feedback.

Rehabilitation Programs


  • A well designed rehab program that is appropriate for your injury and level of fitness, will help you return to full functionality sooner.
  • At PSM, I can develop an individualised rehab program that will assist you to build strength back into your injury.
  • Whether you’re an athlete wanting to return to playing or recovering from an ongoing niggle, you may find that a rehab program will help return you to better movement and less pain.

Injury Management

  • With ongoing chronic injuries that just haven’t healed properly or responding to treatment, injury management is an option.
  • Learning to live with pain or impeded movement patterns can be very difficult for the sufferer.
  • At PSM, I can assist you with the ongoing management of your injury so you can move the best you can with reduced pain.

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