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Myofascial Cupping Practitioner Certification

Joseph LaVacca, PT, DPT, OCS, CFSC, FMS, FMT-C, FRCms, SFMA
7 Hours 30 Minutes
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Become a Certified Myofascial Cupping Practitioner in this hands-on course powered by RockTape, and boost your credentials as you learn everything you need to know to offer cupping services the next day.

Myofascial Cupping Practitioner Certification teaches the fundamentals of modern cupping techniques through a full day of interactive labs. Learn how to combine cupping and functional movement to produce the kinds of active treatment strategies that are revolutionizing rehab. Discover effective cupping treatments you can use for pain, sprains/strains, swelling, tendinopathies, and more.


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Joseph LaVacca, PT, DPT, OCS, CFSC, FMS, FMT-C, FRCms, SFMA's Profile

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Joseph LaVacca, PT, DPT, OCS, CFSC, FMS, FMT-C, FRCms, SFMA, is an experienced outpatient orthopedic clinician who graduated from Sacred Heart University with his Bachelor of Exercise Science Degree in 2008, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. He also has certifications in movement screens for both the FMS and SFMA, Functional Strength Coaching, as well as Fascial Movement Taping and Performance Movement Techniques through RockTape.

Dr. LaVacca is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and has experience in Maitland-Based Manual Treatments, Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Kinesiology Taping, and movement assessment/performance screening. He is a nationwide speaker and frequently teaches healthcare practitioners about Kinesiology Taping and Movement Assessment Principles.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Joseph LaVacca maintains a private practice, and he has an employment relationship with Fringe, Inc. He receives speaking honoraria from Rocktape and PESI, Inc., as well as recording royalties from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Dr. Joseph LaVacca has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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Live Event Schedule

Please note: There will be a 60-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


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  1. Integrate the myofascial sequencing model.
  2. Inspect neuroanatomy of the dermal & fascial subsystem.
  3. Demonstrate a novel skin/fascial/movement screening process.
  4. Evaluate research as it relates to connective tissue gliding, pain modulation, and movement therapies.
  5. Practice and integrate myofascial cupping techniques related to soft tissue pathology.
  6. Practice cupping techniques for tension/decompression effects, directionality, external cueing of movement and graded levels of pressure.
  7. Perform various methods of performance and rehabilitative treatment techniques with RockPods.


Myofascial Cupping Framework

  • Review framework of the RockTape Movement Pyramid
  • Understand neuroanatomy, skin and fascial systems and how they relate to the course
  • Review the current literature related to myofascial cupping techniques.
  • Define Time Under Pressure (TUP) as it relates to decompression (curative vs. destructive dosages)
  • Review safety of applications
  • Cupping indications/contraindications

Skin/fascial/movement screening process

  • Introduce and practice use of cupping as it relates to direction and pressure
  • Types of Treatments:
    • Tissue decompression:
      • External Glide – multiple vectors
      • Internal Glide 
      • Cupping plus Functional Movement 
    • Treatment Variables: 
      • Body Positions 
      • Graded exposure techniques 
      • Distraction Methods

External Cueing Concept

  • Use of cupping for movement disorders (post stroke, different types of dystonias, parkinson's, etc)
  • Introduce and practice use of cupping as it relates to movement dysfunction
  • Types of Cueing:
    • Tactile
    • Visual & Tactile    

Nerve Entrapments

  • Learn, practice and perform specific applications of cupping for nerve entrapments:
  • Upper Extremity Entrapments – Median, Radial, Ulnar, others 
  • Treatment considerations for neural entrapment cupping: external glide, internal glide, meaningful movement 

Cupping with Movement

  • Learn, practice and perform specific applications of cupping with movement:
  • External Cueing for Movement Dysfunction:
    • Isolated Movements — Flexion, Extension, Rotation, Ab/Adduction, Deviation
    • Functional Movements — Sagittal, Frontal, Transverse Plane Patterns
  • Treatment considerations for cupping with movement, all movement is a screen/treatment opportunity, work and sport-related movement examples

Condition Specific Applications

  • Introduction of progression and regression concepts for specific conditions with cupping and taping applications (combo of therapeutic interventions)
  • Case studies — Lower Extremity, Trunk, Upper Extremity

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists/PTAs
  • Occupational Therapists/OTAs
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Massage Therapists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Chiropractors

What Should Attendees Bring

  • Myofascial cups
  • Please wear comfortable and loose clothing for labs – shorts are recommended



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 5


Kelsey L

"This course gave a great deal of information in a very efficient manner. "


"Great course! Even online, I learned a LOT! THank you! "


"I was very happy with the course. It was very informative."


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