The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® is considered to be the ultimate therapy that is safe, gentle and consistently effective in producing results that last. It is a complete mind, body, and spirit healing treatment. It is a hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.). A high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but are not diagnosed.
The medical approach is to use medication so patients are temporarily free from pain, but does nothing about the “straightjacket” of pressure that is causing the pain. Traditional physical, occupational and massage therapy treats the symptoms caused by the pressure of the “straightjacket” of the Myofascial system, but does nothing about the “straightjacket” of pressure that causes and perpetuates the symptoms. This is why so many patients only have temporary results never seeming to get better with traditional therapy. Only Myofascial Release treats the entire Myofascial mind/body complex eliminating the pressure of the restricted Myofascial system (the “straightjacket”) that causes the symptoms.
Myofascial Release can help relieve back pain, headaches, whiplash, pelvic pain, neck pain, sports injuries, chronic pain, disc problems, migraines, pelvic floor dysfunction, neurological dysfunction, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, adhesions, carpal tunnel, jaw pain (TMJ), painful scars, scoliosis, sciatica, myofascial pain syndrome, and women's health issues (this list is not all inclusive).
The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. The one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments using a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. 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. By promoting independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement and self treatment instruction, the client will experience an enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.
Reprinted in part from https://myofascialrelease.com/