What is Myofascial Release?
The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release approach is a safe, gentle and consistently effective in producing positive and lasting results. Myofascial Release is a very effective hands on technique which provides sustained pressure into myofacial restrictions to eliminate pain, headaches and to restore motion.
The theory of Myofacial Release requires an understanding of the fascial system (or connective tissue).
What is fascia?
Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a three dimensional web from head to your feet without interruption. Trauma or inflammation can create a binding down fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures and/or organs.
Since all of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc., do not show the fascial restrictions, is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain, headaches and/or lock of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.
Fascia is a specialized system of the body which has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering that interpenetrates every structure of the body. The fascial system is not just a system of separate coverings; it is actually one uninterrupted structure which exists from your head to your feet. In this way you can begin to see each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When we experience physical trauma or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its flexibility. It becomes very tight, and can be a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time has a cumulative effect. The fascia can exert excessive pressure producing pain, headaches and/or restriction of motion.
Myofascial release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our therapy sessions are hands on treatments. We use a multitude of Myofacial Release technique.
The goal of Myofascial Release is to restore the individual’s freedom, so they may return to a pain free, active lifestyle.
Reference: the website of John F Barnes, internationally recognized physical therapist, lecturer, author and authority on Myofacial release: