FMT RockPods Glide

by Milica McDowell, DPT

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FMT RockPods Glide Certification introduces the concept of skin/fascial gliding and decompression to help improve tissue mobility, enhance movement and modulate pain with the use of gliding myofascial cups. This course will cover the physiological and neurological effects of myofascial cupping on connective tissue gliding, in addition to various treatment strategies with a gliding cup. Interventions using myofascial cupping will be reviewed and informed by current research. Lastly, treatment considerations for back, neck, and extremities will be examined and discussed.  

This course is intended for performance professionals and therapists with a basic understanding of soft tissue techniques.

The Functional Movement Training (FMT) Certification Series are presented by industry leading experts in movement, assessment, and rehabilitation.

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Learning Objectives

  • Discover and explore the neurological and mechanical effects of cupping
  • Define and recognize the chemical tissue response to cupping
  • Compare and contrast the research as it relates to cupping and the nervous system
  • Define, practice, and integrate self and assisted myofascial glide cuppings strategies for multiple pathologic conditions
  • Course Content

    FMT RockPods Glide

    Milica McDowell DPT


    Dr. Milica McDowell is the Senior Director of Medical for RockTape, her background is as an orthopedic physical therapist. She has worked with athletes from high school kids to the weekend warrior to pros from the NFL, NHL, MLB, XGames, Pro rodeo, triathlon, and the performing arts. Dr. McDowell has a background in team sports, yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, clinical bike fitting and rehab for ultra-endurance athletes. Dr. McDowell was a faculty member at Montana State University in the Health and Human Performance program from 2008-2019 and is the founder of Epic Fitness Center, Bluebird Medical Supply and Clearwater Physical Therapy. Dr. McDowell has two Bachelors’ Degrees from Montana State University, a Master’s Degree from University of Colorado and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Idaho State University. She has lectured both nationally and internationally, is a published author, textbook editor and has a United States Patent. In her free time, she enjoys triathlon, alpine and skate skiing and exploring Montana’s outdoors with her husband, family and poodle-mix dogs.

    Hour 1: 

    • Introduce and Review what cupping is and how it works as it relates to the skin and nervous system 
    • Review the current literature related to myofascial cupping techniques 
    • Define and discuss the how and why gliding cups are an effective treatment 
    • Review safety of applications  
    • Cupping indications/contraindications  

    Hour 2:  

    • Discuss treatment considerations, as well as a variety of gliding methods of the cups  
    • Demonstrate and discuss self-application methods of gilding cups 
    • Introduce and apply how to use the gliding cups related to tunnel syndromes 
    • Introduce and practice use of cupping as it relates fascial lines and abdominal techniques  


    This course is valid for continuing education credit through NUHS in the following states, so long as it falls within the scope of practice as outlined by the corresponding state board: (Considered distance learning, please check with your board how many hours you are allowed

    Please note that online continuing education is not recognized in the following states: FL, LA, MS, OK, WI

    CEU approval for this course has been submitted and is pending: AL, AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY

    *NUHS makes no representation either directly or indirectly that the substantive matter being presented is approved or within respective scope of licensing. It remains the attendees’ responsibility to contact the state board(s) from which they seek continuing education credits for purposes of ensuring said board(s) approves both the delivery method and content as they relate to this event.


    This course meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards: AL, CO, CT, IA, ME, MA, MN, NH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY

    AR – This course has been approved by the AR State Physical Therapy Board for 2.0 contact hours. APTA AR Approved Provider Number AR-PP-20008

    KY – This course is Category 2 continued competency activity by the APTA Kentucky. Category 2 activities include courses that are less than 3 hours in length; these courses do not require formal approval

    FL – approval is pending

    NY - approval is pending

    OK –

    OH – approval is pending

    TX – approval is pending

    VT – approval is pending

    This course (2 contact hours) meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards by virtue of a National University of Health Sciences approval: IL . NUHS is recognized by the Secretary of States Department of Education. NUHS approval pending.


    This course (BOC Approved provider # P8570) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of (2 hours/CEUs, Category A). ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

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