Myofasical Release – The John F. Barnes Approach

Myofascial Release, as developed and refined by John Barnes, is safe, gentle, and consistently effective. This technique, which produces positive and lasting results, is a very thorough hands-on procedure that applies sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain, and to restore motion.

Fascia is a tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a three dimensional web from the head to the feet, without interruption. Trauma, surgery or inflammation often restrict this web, resulting in crushing pressure (approx. 2000 lbs per square inch) on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bones, and organs.1 Since standard testing procedures (i.e. X-rays, mammogram, MRI and CT scans, electromyography, etc) do not show fascial restrictions, it is generally agreed that an extremely high percentage of people suffering from pain, headaches, fibromyalgia or lack of motion may have fascial problems that have been misdiagnosed.

The fascial system has an appearance that is similar to a spider web or knitted sweater. In its normal and healthy state, fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration; it has the ability to stretch and move. When people experience physical trauma, surgery or inflammation, fascia loses its flexibility; it becomes like a straight jacket or crushing pressure that causes pain throughout the body.

Through Myofascial Release we are able to find and release those fascial restrictions and allow the body to heal, therefore returning back to its normal, flexible and mobile state.

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