Myofascial Release (MFR), as taught by John F. Barnes, is a safe, gentle and consistently effective technique which produces positive and lasting results. It is a very effective hands-on procedure that applies sustained pressure into the myofascial restrictions, eliminating pain and headaches and restoring motion.
Fascia is a tough, connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from the head to the feet without interruption. Trauma, surgery, inflammation, etc. often restricts this web, resulting in highly intense pressure. This pressure, which is approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch, directly affects the nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bones and organs.
Standard testing procedures such as X-rays, CAT scans, etc., do not reveal fascia restrictions. It is generally agreed that a high percentage of people suffering with pain, headaches, fibromyalgia or lack of motion may have issues caused by fascia restrictions that go undetected or misdiagnosed.
The facial system is similar to a spider web as a powerful uninterrupted “web” that exists from head to toe. In its normal healthy state, fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move. When people have experienced physical trauma, surgery or inflammation, the fascia loses its flexibility and becomes like a “straitjacket” with crushing pressure and pain throughout the body.