About the Myofascial Release Therapist Directory
The rising demand for myofascial release therapy is evident as more patients recognize its benefits in pain relief, mobility enhancement, and overall well-being. This trend underscores the importance of offering myofascial release services. Our mission to connect patients with John F. Barnes trained therapists through our platform has been a success. We’ve attracted over a million visitors to our site and connected hundreds of thousands of patients to expert MFR therapists. Our network includes over a thousand therapists in the U.S., and continues to expand daily.
Founder of Myofascial Release, Physical Therapist
John F. Barnes is an internationally recognized physical therapist, lecturer, author and the leading authority on Myofascial Release. Through his 50 years of experience and creative insight, he has developed an innovative and highly effective whole body approach for the evaluation and treatment of pain and dysfunction. Myofascial Release has exploded on the therapeutic scene with an unprecedented impact and is recognized as the most effective form of healthcare therapy.
John began developing his Myofascial Release Approach® and teaching seminars in the 1970s. He has trained over 100,000 therapists and physicians in his highly successful Myofascial Release Approach®. John was named one of the most influential persons in the therapeutic profession in the last century, in the national Massage Magazine’s featured article titled “Stars of the Century.” He is a physical therapist and is considered to be a visionary and teacher of the highest caliber.
Mark F. Barnes, PT, MPT, DPT
Dr. Mark Barnes is an Exercise Physiologist and Doctor of Physical Therapy with over 30 years of clinical experience. Throughout his career, he has successfully owned and operated various businesses in the fields of physical and occupational therapy. His clinics have consistently focused on evidence-based protocols, cost-containment strategies, and promoting employee health for large self-insured employers.
In 1997, Mark published a groundbreaking paper titled “The Basic Science of Myofascial Release” in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. This influential work explored the cybernetic systems science nature of fascia and presented the scientific rationale behind myofascial release as an effective approach for improving structural, physiological, and metabolic health in patients experiencing pain.
With inspiration and insight from his father, Mark developed the Equine MFR approach and seminar series where he trained therapists in this approach over the last 15 years. He also taught his protocols at CSU Equine Science Program and treated horses at the CSU Large Animal Clinic.
For his Doctorate thesis, Mark pioneered an evidence-based approach to utilizing yoga for the aging adult population. His research demonstrated that a daily practice of his adapted yoga method enhanced core stability, balance, and significantly reduced the incidence of falls among adults over 65 years old.
In 2008, Mark developed the first musculoskeletal telehealth platform, revolutionizing the delivery of physical therapy beyond traditional clinic settings. This innovative solution was utilized by 28 outpatient clinics and positively impacted the lives of over 35,000 patients. Today, it is successfully distributed to national partners, including payers and large self-funded employers, benefiting over 5 million employees across the country.
As the founder and developer of the MFR Directory (now MFR Health), Mark has established an extensive network of over 1,000 John F. Barnes trained providers. This valuable resource has attracted over 1 million unique visitors seeking myofascial release treatment and has facilitated over 200,000 leads to its U.S. and international listed providers.
Mark’s dedication to patient care continues through his hybrid digital health clinic, BackLab, where he combines traditional outpatient services with innovative digital health approach. Additionally, he leads his telehealth company, Orbit Telehealth, while actively publishing his clinical protocols. Beyond his professional achievements, Mark enjoys pursuing his passion for surfing in the beautiful waves of Mexico.
The MFR Directory Works!
The MFR Directory is a marketing tool for over 1,000 providers. With 1 million unique site visits and 180,000 leads and growing, providers rely on the Directory to build their businesses and patient community.
Rachael Peizer, M.P.T.
The MFR directory is a great value for any practitioner who is specializing in Myofascial Release. Being on the MFR directory has been the only advertising that I've needed to keep my myofascial practice full and with a waiting list. I regularly receive inquiries from folks who have found me on the MFR directory. They are usually wonderful clients who already know about MFR and therefore are a great fit for my practice and are ready to schedule.
Maureen McCloskey, MSPT
The directory is the only "marketing" that I use since I opened my doors in 2014. Despite not having a business website, my schedule is always full for several weeks out. Not only do I receive frequent contact from people who are interested in making an appointment, but they are already well-informed about the work since the directory is linked to John's comprehensive MFR website. It's been a valuable referral source.
This site was developed by Dr. Mark Barnes to help people find the best MFR therapist for their unique needs. We provide an easy way to search for MFR trained therapists, free of cost, and without the frustration of popups and advertisements.
This site lists only therapists trained on the John F. Barnes technique, giving you, the patient, assurance that you are being treated by the best set of therapists who continually maintain their education in Myofascial Release.