Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release (John F. Barnes) is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
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What can I expect during my first appointment?

Myofascial Release is performed with the client on top of a massage table, which allows the client to move comfortably and the therapist to see tissue pulls and restrictions.  Women should wear shorts and a sports bra, swimsuit, or their bra and underwear.  Men should wear athletic shorts, swim trunks, or underwear.  There is no lotion used because lotion causes slide and prevents the releases from extending deeply in the body.

Myofascial Release will never harm because it never forces the body, however, client’s may feel sensations as the restrictions dissolve such as heat, therapeutic pain, pulling, prickling, electrical sensations, itching, and tingling.  Some people feel nothing the first few sessions because we have trained ourselves to pull our awareness away from areas of pain and trauma.  Over time, client’s will become more connected to their bodies and be able to feel more releases and catch dysfunctions before they become daily problems.

It is important for clients to give feedback to the therapist about what they are feeling.  Because the connective tissue spans the whole body, restrictions in one area can extend and affect other seemingly unrelated areas of the body.  It is kind of like taking off a band-aid.  When you pull on one side of the band-aid, you can feel the other side tug.  When a therapist is working in one area of the body, the client may feel changes in another location.  This is the body telling you exactly where the connective tissue is pulling to and another area the therapist will need to work on.  This information is vital during treatment because every person has their own unique pattern of injuries and MFR therapists respects that uniqueness and follows each person’s body intuition.

Myofascial Release can help with:

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Neck Injury
  • Disc Problems
  • Chronic Pain
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scoliosis
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Jaw Pain (TMJ)
  • Adhesions


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