What is Myofascial Release (MFR)?
The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. Myofascial Release rehydrates fascia, improves flexibility, relieves pain, improves circulation, and restores range of motion.
Watch this short video to get a better understanding on what MFR is.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from head to foot without interruption. Fascia surrounds and attaches every muscle, bone, nerves, blood vessels, and organs down to the cellular level. Trauma, posture or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, blood vessels, bones and/or organs.
In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When one experiences trauma, either physical or emotional, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. The changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of our body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.
Watch a video of living fascia here.
What conditions can it treat?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Jaw Pain (TMJ)
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Women's Health Issues
This is a brief excerpt from the Fireside Chat with John F. Barnes, PT the developer of the John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach TM, a revolutionary treatment technique and approach.