Q: Why is Myofascial Release different than other treatments I have had?
A: Fascia is the connective structural tissue/network interweaving every single cell of the body. It affects muscles, bones, nerves, vessels, internal organs, and skin. This net-like structure provides a communication network within, between and around everything in the body. Everything is connected. When the fascia becomes restricted, essential communication information for the health of the entire system is impeded. This necessitates a holistic approach. So, when the therapist uses myofascial release (MFR) to free up the restriction, she is compelled to look to areas of the body other than where the restrictive pain/discomfort is manifesting. MFR releases the restrictions. For example, the chronic pain you feel in your hip may be coming from somewhere else in your body where the connective tissue is “stuck” and not moving freely.
By using the John F Barnes Myofascial Release Approach we can gently and effectively restore freedom down to the cellular level. JFB MFR uses specific techniques and principles to gently take up the slack of the fascia and holding at that barrier for at least 5 minutes. A true myofascial release is obtained effectively changing the collagen structure to allow freedom of movement and restoration of fluidity all the way down to the cellular level.
When surgery is used as an attempt to rid pain resulting from a myofascial restriction, the invasive procedure causes adhesions (scar tissue) thereby increasing restriction and further compromising mobility and/or increasing pain. So, not only is the initial restriction still present, adhesions are exacerbating the symptoms.
This is why JFB MFR is an excellent alternative. Nearly everyone has some degree of myofascial restriction, which left unaddressed, will compromise the integrity of the person and the quality of life. I encourage you to consider an experienced JFB MFR therapist when traditional “medicinal” approaches are unappealing, ineffective, and/or unsustainable.