What is Fascia and why does it matter?

The state of fascia is of utmost importance as it directly influences our overall health and well-being. As a pervasive connective tissue, fascia impacts the structural integrity and function of our body. Its condition affects movement efficiency, joint mobility, posture, and even organ function. A healthy and well-maintained fascial system supports optimal circulation, nerve transmission, immune response, and overall physiological balance. Restrictions or imbalances in fascia can lead to discomfort, limited mobility, and various health issues. Therefore, the state of our fascia plays a crucial role in determining our overall health and quality of life.

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What is Fascia and why does it matter?

The state of fascia is of utmost importance as it directly influences our overall health and well-being. As a pervasive connective tissue, fascia impacts the structural integrity and function of our body. Its condition affects movement efficiency, joint mobility, posture, and even organ function. A healthy and well-maintained fascial system supports optimal circulation, nerve transmission, immune response, and overall physiological balance. Restrictions or imbalances in fascia can lead to discomfort, limited mobility, and various health issues. Therefore, the state of our fascia plays a crucial role in determining our overall health and quality of life.

What is Fascia

Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body.

Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture and repetitive stress injuries has cumulative effects on the body. The changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of our body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.

Myofascial Release (MFR)
Myofascial Release (MFR)

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a safe and effective technique of eliminating pain and restoring motion where trauma, stress, poor posture, inflammatory responses, or surgical procedures have created restrictions in the body’s fascia. If left untreated, fascia restrictions can cause a variety of symptoms producing pain, reducing motion, and inhibiting our daily activities.
The MFR technique provides hands-on, sustained therapeutic pressure releasing the myofascial tissue that surrounds and supports most structures in the body—and the results provide relief, restore motion, and enhance flexibility.

The medical approach is to drug patients so they temporarily are free from pain, but does nothing about the “straight-jacket” of pressure that is causing the pain. Traditional physical, occupational and massage therapy treats the symptoms caused by the pressure of the restrictions of the myofascial system, but does nothing about the “straightjacket” of pressure that causes and perpetuates the symptoms.

This is why so many patients only have temporary results never seeming to get better with traditional therapy. Only Myofascial Release treats the entire Myofascial mind/body complex eliminating the pressure of the restricted myofascial system (the straightjacket) that causes the symptoms. Myofascial Release will safely and gently release the entire myofascial complex for lasting and comprehensive results and authentic healing.

Common Conditions Treated with Myofascial Release

  • Back Pain

  • Headaches

  • Whiplash

  • Neck Pain

  • Sports Injuries

  • Chronic Pain

  • Disc Problems

  • Migraines

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

  • Neurological Dysfunction

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Adhesions

  • Carpal Tunnel

  • Jaw Pain (TMJ)

  • Painful Scars

  • Scoliosis

  • Sciatica

  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome

  • Women’s Health Issues

  • Back Pain

  • Headaches

  • Whiplash

  • Neck Pain

  • Sports Injuries

  • Chronic Pain

  • Disc Problems

  • Migraines

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

  • Neurological Dysfunction

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Adhesions

  • Carpal Tunnel

  • Jaw Pain (TMJ)

  • Painful Scars

  • Scoliosis

  • Sciatica

  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome

  • Women’s Health Issues

Women’s Health Problems Treated with Myofascial Release
  • Vulvodynia

  • Interstitial Cystitis

  • Mastectomy Pain

  • Menstrual Problems

  • Painful Intercourse

  • Urinary Frequency

  • Problematic Breast Implant/Reduction Scars

  • Coccydynia

  • Endometriosis

  • Infertility Problems

  • Urinary Incontinence

  • Lymphedema

  • Urinary Urgency

  • Episiotomy Scars

  • Pelvic Floor Pain

  • Pudendal Nerve Entrapment

  • Vulvodynia

  • Interstitial Cystitis

  • Mastectomy Pain

  • Menstrual Problems

  • Painful Intercourse

  • Urinary Frequency

  • Problematic Breast Implant/Reduction Scars

  • Coccydynia

  • Endometriosis

  • Infertility Problems

  • Urinary Incontinence

  • Lymphedema

  • Urinary Urgency

  • Episiotomy Scars

  • Pelvic Floor Pain

  • Pudendal Nerve Entrapment

Finding the right therapist

Each therapist expresses their art differently, however all are trained on the scientific research and practice of John F. Barnes, founder of the Myofascial Release practice. All MFR trained therapists are dedicated to the comprehensive delivery of the highest quality care utilizing a multifaceted, multidisciplinary approach for lasting results. Our therapists evaluate and treat each patient as a unique individual. They will treat the cause of the problem to eliminate the symptoms, in order to make permanent structural changes to help you return to a pain, free, active lifestyle.

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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.

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