Myofascial Release Treatment


What is the John F. Barnes approach to Myofascial Release?

The John F. Barnes approach to myofascial release consists of the gentle application of sustained pressure into the fascial restriction.(AKA-knots) This essential "time element" has to do with engaging the scientific principal known as the Piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium, (fascia) to elongate for "permanent" results.

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from head to foot without interruption. (80% of muscle consists of fascia) Trauma, posture, inflammation or surgical procedures can create a binding down of fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures, (ex: the spine) and/or organs.  Many of the standard tests, such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc; do not show these restriction leaving many people suffering with pain or lack of motion undiagnosed.  The fluid quality (gel like) of the facial systems causes it to resist a suddenly applied force which explains why the John F. Barnes approach to myofascial release is so effective, giving lasting results.

Who is John F. Barnes, P.T?

John F. Barnes, P.T. is a physical therapist who has been teaching his approach to myofascial release around the world for over 40 years.  He is currently considered one of the world's leading experts on the fascial system.  The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach has logical principals that produce effective, long term, consistent results, all of which have been verified by recent research.  Some of the conditions that have been helped with myofascial release include:


Back Pain

Disc problems

Carpal Tunnel

Neck pain

Sports Injuries

Headaches (including Migraines)

Reduces range of motion

Whiplash

Fibromyalgia

Adhesions

Sciatica

TMJ    


Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CT scans, electromyography, etc.)

The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each client as a unique individual.  Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a Multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement analysis.

Each Myofascial Release Treatment is performed directly on the skin without oils, creams, or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.

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