What is MFR?

Myofascial release (MFR) as taught by John Barnes, is a treatment method that is used to improve function and reduce pain. Fascia is the three dimensional web of connective tissue that is everywhere in the body. It anchors muscles and tendons; envelopes nerves and vessels, and, provides a shock-absorbing system that allows organs and structures to function independently. This system is gelatinous and fluid. Trauma, inflammatory processes, and surgery dehydrate the fascia environment and causes restrictions. These restrictions can cause pain, decreased range of motion, and structural imbalances…leading to functional limitations in mobility and/or activities of daily living.

Myofascial release is based on phase transition, or, helping the system return to its gelatinous form. Gentle, sustained (3-5 minutes) pressure at the site of restrictions causes the phase transition. This sustained pressure also stimulates the production of Interleukin 8, the body’s natural anti-inflammatory mechanism. Myofascial release is meant to restore balance to the body. It addresses restrictions caused by illness, surgeries, trauma (physical and emotional), stress, and physical strain. It is gentle and non-invasive.
Some diagnoses that benefit from Myofascial release (MFR) treatment are:

  • Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Pelvic Pain
  • 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
  • Infants/Children
  • Sciatica
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Women’s Health Issues