Myofascial Release is about
engaging the boundary,
Image of living fascia, Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau "Strolling Under the Skin"
Myofascial Release (MFR) as developed by John F. Barnes, PT is a gentle, assertive and highly effective whole-body approach to healing. It primarily targets the fascia—an uninterrupted network of connective tissue that wraps, weaves and supports every muscle, bone, organ, vein, artery, and nerve in the body. Constrictions–which form as the result of trauma, surgery, poor posture or sedentariness–can pull with forces up to 2000 pounds per square inch. They can have profound effects on distant areas of the body creating pain far from its source. This is known as referred pain.
John Barnes’ method targets the fascia by employing gentle, long-sustained holds at the barrier of tension. Many fascial restrictions require this time element and cannot be forced to release, as such force can trigger the sympathetic nervous system to defend the body. This can prevent a total release and often doesn’t address the patterns that created the restriction in the first place. The long holds allow for very deep work to be achieved without force or injury.
MFR is most effective when it is approached as a collaboration between the therapist and client. Client feedback throughout the session is highly encouraged as it can give the therapist valuable information on determining the root causes of pain, and foster the mind-body connection that is integral to the healing process.
Whether you are suffering from chronic pain, recently injured or seeking to lower the risk of future injury, myofascial release (MFR) offers a way through. It is as much an art as it is technique. A deep passion and understanding of human anatomy guides the intuition of the therapist. This ensures that you are seen. Whatever the source of your pain may be, an informed and open mind is dedicated to helping you to find relief as well as to better feel and understand your own body.