Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release (MFR) works with all aspects of a person – mind, body, emotions and soul. We are not beings that can be separated into parts.  A shift in one area can cause change in other areas. Dysfunction in a person’s thoughts or emotions (i.e. harboring resentment) can cause dysfunction over time in his/her body. When we have pain – whether it is physical, mental or emotional – that is an indication of an area that needs to be addressed. It is nature’s way of telling us something needs to change.

Fascia is the most important, yet overlooked and under-valued, tissue in the body. Fascia is connective tissue that surrounds, supports, protects and connects literally every cell in the body. When we experience trauma, surgery, accidents, injuries or inflammation, the fascia can get tight and put a tremendous amount of pressure (up to 2,000 psi) on the muscle, organ, bone, nerve, blood vessel, etc. that it is surrounding. When this happens, dysfunction can occur in the body and the fascia needs to be released. The fascial system is a 3-dimensional web which runs throughout the body. When there is an adhesion or restriction in one area, it can create pain or dysfunction in that area, as well as pulling on fascia in other areas of the body thus creating pain and dysfunction there.

Releasing the fascia can result in changes in any aspect of the person, including structural (physical), emotional or mental. By pulling and stretching the fascia in the body, physical dysfunction can be corrected, memories and emotions can arise and false beliefs can surface. Addressing these creates wellness and wholeness.

John Barnes discovered that by pulling or stretching fascia for a certain length of time, many issues can be reduced or eliminated.  Some of these are:

  • Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Chronic Pain
  • Disc Problems
  • Migraines
  • Neurological Dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Adhesions
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Jaw Pain (TMJ)
  • Painful Scars
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome

For more information about fascial issues and treatment John F. Barnes  shares much more on his website.