John Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR)

What is Fascial Tissue?

Fascial tissue is a three-dimensional web of connective tissue that extends from head to toe without interruption.  Fascia surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel, and organ providing support, stability, and cushioning.  Over time, as a result of trauma or just life, fascia can lose its flexibility, becoming restricted and a source of tension.  Over time this tension can lead to altered structural alignment, decreased strength, lack of muscle coordination, and subsequently pain. 

What Makes the John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach Different?

These fascial restrictions have a holding strength of up to 2,000 pounds per square inch, causing pain and dysfunction that can not show up on many standardized tests such as x-rays and CAT scans. 

Most traditional therapies treat the symptoms and do not look at the underlying cause. 

While creating temporary pain relief, it does little to release the Fascia system’s restrictions that cause and perpetuate the symptoms.  The John F Barnes Myofascial Release approach treats the entire Myofascial mind/body system eliminating the pressure caused by the Myofascial system’s restrictions that are causing the symptoms.

Reason to Use MFR

A tensegrity model can be an excellent way to illustrate the fascial system.  When all the pieces in the sphere are the correct length and under proper and equal tension, the globe is perfectly round. If just one part of the model does not have appropriate tension or alignment, the shape can dramatically change and no longer support itself.  The figure does not just change at the location of the problem. It distorts the whole structure.  Much like the human body, when the fascia is well hydrated and has no restrictions, everything is in perfect alignment and functioning properly.  When something changes the body’s muscles or tissues’ alignment or tension, it can cause problems in a completely different part of the body.  That is why it is crucial to do a whole-body assessment and treat the underlying cause, not just the symptoms.  

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