What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release is a gentle, safe and highly effective whole body hands-on approach to treatment.

It provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions utilizes a variance of pressure from heavy to light

  • eliminates pain and headaches and restores motion deepens the relaxation response
  • is the ultimate mind-body hearing approach

The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release (JFB MFR) approach is a safe and effective, hands-on, whole body approach to treatment targeting the cause of your symptoms. A variety of sustained pressures are applied to the fascial system, allowing the body to release restrictions, eliminate pain, and restore function.

What is fascia?

Fascia is a tough connective tissue spreads throughout the body in a 3-dimensional web travels head-to-toe uninterrupted

  • acts as a shock absorber in the body.

What is Fascia and how do restrictions form?

Fascia is a tough, dense, connective tissue that spreads throughout the body from head to foot without interruption.The fascial system supports, protects, and envelops the muscles, bones, nerves, organs, and blood vessels – from the largest structures down to the cellular level. In addition, it plays an important role in the support of our bodies since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. These structures would not “stay in place” and our bodies would not be stable without this important system. Think of your body as a tent and the bones as the tent poles. The tent poles (bones) cannot support the tent (body) without the constant support of the guide wires (fascia) to keep an adequate amount of tension to allow the tent (body) to remain upright with proper equilibrium.

In the normal healthy state, fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration and is bathed in a gelatinous matrix. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. Restrictions occur when surgery, injury, trauma, and poor postural habits cause the fascial system to solidify, tighten, and adhere. To compensate, tension and restrictions can then develop in other areas of the body as well.

What is the Fascia System?

Fascia is a specialized system of the body which has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven; covering that interpenetrates every structure of our body. The fascial system is not just a system of separate coverings: it is actually one uninterrupted structure which exists from your head to your feet.

In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When we experience physical trauma or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its flexibility. It becomes very tight, and can be a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time has a cumulative effect. The fascia can exert excessive pressure producing pain, headaches and/or restriction of motion.

What is Myofascial Restriction?

Myofascial restriction is tight hardened fascia (connective tissue web) occurs following injury, repetitive micro trauma, stress, inflammation, poor posture and scarring progressively tightens over time if left untreated does not show up on any of the standard tests done today (MR). CAT Scan. EMG, X-Ray) is the underlying cause of most chronic pain problems that have not responded to traditional medical or surgical intervention.

How do these tissue changes cause pain?

As fascial restrictions occur, abnormal pressure is placed on the muscles, bones, nerves, organs, and vasculature. This can cause pain, swelling, and other undesirable symptoms. Because the fascia spreads without interruption, a restriction in one part of the body can create pain or dysfunction in another, even seemingly unrelated, part of the body.

Fascial restrictions can create a tensile strength of up to 2,000 pounds per square inch and do not show up on x-rays or other diagnostic tests. No wonder people are often frustrated when their complaints of pain are not validated! In addition, medical, dental, or therapeutic interventions generally target the symptoms (rather than the cause) and often result in poor or temporary results

What can I expect from Myofascial Release?

A hands-on session of gentle, therapeutic bodywork.
Myofascial release….. helps many people overcome long term (5-20 years) chronic pain problems even after they were told that they have to live with it, “that it was “in their head.” or that there is nothing that can be done for them.”

  • has very good success helping the following problems:
 * Back Pain
* Neck Pain
* Headaches
* Migraines
 * Fibromyalgia
* TMJ Problems
* Sports Injuries
* Sciatica
 * Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Disc Problems
* Menstrual Problems
* Scoliosis
  • has helped many people improve their ability to function during
    various activities such as: sitting, walking, standing, driving, household chores, computer work, lifting, bending, reaching, gardening, athletics, work, and leisure activities also helps many people team how to “self-treat their problem to decrease pain and restore flexibility.

What will my first session be like?

We will start by discussing your history and do an assessment of your body’s posture and its position in space. The session will be tailored to your particular problem (no session is ever the same). Sustained, gentle pressure is applied until a fascial restriction is released resulting in more range of motion, less pain, and a more relaxed, less tense feeling. You may be asked to breathe deeply and bring your awareness to certain parts of your body during the session.

What do I wear?

We suggest women wear a bra and panties or a two-piece swimsuit. For men, we recommend their underpants or loose fitting gym shorts. It is important that we are able to see and feel the skin during your Myofascial Release Therapy treatment.