What is Myofascial Release?
MFR is a safe and effective hands-on therapy that decreases or eliminates pain and restores movement by addressing restrictions and imbalances of the connective tissue. There are many forms of soft tissue manipulation that are called “myofascial release” but John F. Barnes MFR is unique in the way it works with the fascia to release tissue memory and create lasting structural change. The principles of MFR, which have been used by millions of people worldwide, address the root cause of dysfunction and treat the whole person. Each Myofascial Release session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams, or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and to apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure for the length of time that it takes to facilitate stretch and release of the fascia. Unlike traditional massage techniques, MFR stimulates the cellular fibroblasts that play a key role in reducing inflammation and stimulates the production of cytokines that fight infection.
What is MyoFascia?
Myo=muscle and fascia (pronounced fash-ee-uh)=connective tissue.
Fascia is an amazing, continuous network of connective tissue that affects every system in the body. For many years fascia (easily seen during tissue dissection as the tough, iridescent white sheath that surrounds every muscle) was underestimated by anatomy experts. But thanks to new technologies and the groundbreaking research of French hand surgeon, Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberto, author of “Architecture of Human Living Fascia,” newly acquired scientific knowledge has confirmed what John F. Barnes has been teaching for decades about the importance of a healthy, fluid fascial system.
Fascia is made up of three parts: Elastin fibers, collagen fibers, and ground substance which is a dense, gelatinous, fibroblast-filled, piezoelectric matrix. It is the glue-like properties of the ground substance that cause it to solidify and become restricted in response to trauma, surgery, or prolonged tension. Softening tight areas of fascia with MFR sessions restores flexibility and can dramatically reduce muscle, joint, and nerve pain. Because the fascial network is continuous, restrictions in one area can create pain in a distant area of the body as the fascia pulls and tightens around nerves, blood vessels, and muscles. Fascial restrictions even affect the body at the cellular level since the cell itself contains a fascial framework. Therefore, a healthy fascial system is necessary in order for the body to be properly hydrated and nourished.
Benefits of MFR
- Reduced pain and tightness
- Improved posture
- Greater flexibility
- Decreased stress and tension
- Refined sports performance
- Higher energy levels
- Increased body awareness
- Boosted immunity
- Healing of physical and emotional trauma
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