Myofascial Release (JFB MFR)
The John F. Barnes method of Myofascial Release (MFR) is a safe, gentle, and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. As Barnes notes, trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, CAT scans, etc.). MFR understands each patient is a unique individual with a unique set of symptoms. MFR practitioners enhance clients' health by educating them in Myofascial Release principles and encouraging them to take charge of their own healing potential.
As the therapist engages the restricted tissue with sustained pressure, the tissue begins to “unbind” and break down the “hardened” or “stuck” places that cause pain, and ease of motion is restored. The difference with this modality is in the length of time the therapist spends in a given area. As the therapist finds an area of restriction he or she waits for a softening or “melting” of the tissues in what is called a release. Releases often occur within 2-3 minutes, but often may take 5 minutes or more.
Clients receiving MFR treatments have found it to be relaxing, therapeutic, and integrative in treating the whole body.