Myofascial Release

What is Fascia?

Fascia is densely woven connective tissue surrounding, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The fascial system is one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption.

In the normal healthy state, the fascia is fluid and dynamic. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. Trauma, inactivity, poor posture, stress, and/or inflammation causes the fascia to lose its fluidity and become tight and restricted, creating a myriad of symptoms such as headaches, muscle weakness, pain, spasms, poor posture; and reduced range of motion.

What is The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach?

The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This whole body technique can directly improve the health of the fascia through the piezoelectric phenomenon: gentle pressure applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate. Myofascial Release rehydrates fascia, releases pressure, relieves pain, improves blood and lymphatic circulation, and restores range of motion.

What is the difference between Massage Therapy and John F. Barnes Myofascial Release?

Massage therapy focuses on manual manipulation  the soft tissue.  It involves kneading and gliding to relax the muscles, temporarily relieving stress and tension. Myofascial Release uses sustained pressure to create a permanent change by rehydrating the fascia, allowing it to stretch and lengthen, ultimately restoring range of motion.

What does Myofascial Release feel like?

Gentle, sustained pressure is applied directly on the skin, without oils or gels. Pressure is maintained for a minimum of five minutes, allowing the restricted area to rehydrate, restoring viscous flow and elongation.  Some patients may experience a slight tingling or burning sensation in the skin, which is perfectly normal and safe. Others may feel a gentle to deep stretch on the area being treated.  Treatments can last from 15 minutes to over an hour.

What conditions does Myofascial Release Therapy treat?    

  • Adhesions
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Jaw Pain (TMJ)
  • Migraines
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurological Dysfunction
  • Painful Scars
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Injuries
  • Whiplash

For more information please visit John F Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach

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