Myofascial Release, as developed and taught by John F. Barnes, PT, is a therapeutic technique that results in permanent
lengthening of the body’s connective tissue/fascia and has the capacity to dramatically improve health and quality of life.
Myofascial Release treatment can also be performed on oneself, with excellent results in decreased pain, increased flexibility,
improved posture and athletic performance. Self-treatment Is called Myofascial Stretching. Fascia is the tough connective
tissue surrounding and infusing every cell from head to toe like a three-dimensional spider web. It provides support and flexibility
to all structures of the body. Basically, it holds the body together. It is elastic, strong and fluid. Elastin fibers are rubber-like.
Collagen fibers provide strength and protection from over extension. A gel-like fluid called the ground substance fills the spaces
between the elastin, collagen and muscle fibers. It allows them to glide smoothly over one another and acts as a shock
absorber.Injury, trauma, and poor posture cause these fascial fibers to tighten, shorten, thicken and adhere, putting abnormal
pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bones, organs and the brain. Pain, restriction of motion and structural misalignment
are some of the consequences. Modern medicine tends to look at muscles, bones and organs in isolation, generally ignoring the
importance of the global system that connects them all together.Myofascial Release is a gentle, hands-on approach used to free
up fascial restrictions throughout the body. This is accomplished by applying sustained pressure into the fascial barrier or
restriction, waiting a minimum of 90 to 120 seconds for a release to occur, following that release into the next barrier, and waiting
again. After a series of releases, a noticeable softening can be felt as the tissue elongates. As fascial layers are released the
client gains greater flexibility. This takes pressure off of sensitive structures and allows normal function resulting in:
This safe, gentle, consistently effective approach may be helpful to you if you have any of these conditions:
General Conditions Treated
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Pediatric Conditions Treated
Infants and children can benefit greatly from myofascial release, craniosacral therapy and other manual techniques.
Whether the result of a birthing injury, developmental delay, trauma or infection, a number of conditions specific to
childhood will often respond to gentle guidance from the therapist's hands.
Women's Health Conditions Treated
Trauma, pelvic torsion, childbirth, inflammatory processes and poor posture can all cause fascial restrictions in the pelvis
and pelvic floor areas, resulting in a myriad of women’s health problems. Myofascial Release is gentle and non-invasive,
and can often relieve long-standing problems for women who have been going from one health care provider to the next
seeking answers to their pain and dysfunction.