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Myofascial Release


The John F. Barnes’s Myofascial Release Approach®.

What is fascia?

Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout  the body in a three dimensional web from your head to your feet without interruption. It is has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. It is a very densely woven covering that interpenetrates every structure of our body. 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 has the ability to stretch and move without restriction.

 Illustration of a sweater, reprinted with permission from RSI T/A John F. Barnes

What are myofascial restrictions?

When we experience physical trauma or inflammation, the fascia loses its flexibility. It becomes very tight and can be a source of tension to the entire body. Such restrictions in the fascia can exert tremendous pressure on muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and bone structure, producing pain, headaches, and restrictions of motion. Fascial restrictions do not appear in any standard tests and traditional therapies tend to treat the symptoms without relieving the pressure that causes the restrictions.

Image reprinted with permission from RSI T/A John F. Barnes

What is Myofascial ReleaseTM?

The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® is safe, gentle, and consistently effective in producing positive and lasting results. It is a hands on technique which provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eradicate pain and to restore motion. It eliminates the cause as well as the symptoms, allowing the body to make permanent changes as gentle pressure or stretching is applied to an area for an extended period of time. Maintaining pressure into restrictions 5 minutes or longer also stimulates the production of Interleukin 8, which is our body’s natural anti-inflammatory.


What can Myofascial ReleaseTM do for you?

Myofascial Release can help:
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Chronic pain
• Headaches
• Jaw pain (TMJ)
• Carpal Tunnel
• Fibromyalgia
• Migraines
• Scoliosis
• Neurological dysfunction
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Myofascial pain syndrome
• Sports injuries
• Restriction of motion    

Compiled from texts by John F. Barnes.

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