What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is an intensive, gentle and highly interactive stretching technique that releases restricted areas of the body. It depends on feedback from the client’s body to determine the duration, force and direction of the stretch to achieve maximum release of tight and restricted fascial tissue. Unlike massage, the tissue fibers are essentially realigned during myofascial release therapy, delivering long-term results. Myofascial release does not use lotions or oils so that the therapist can better sense each muscle’s underlying structure and tension.
I use the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach, a whole body, hands on method that reduces pain and restores range of motion. As a myofascial therapist, I work with the client, not on the client. I act as a facilitator, using guidance from your body to help you achieve efficient movement, rather than treating you with someone else’s predetermined protocol.
When I do myofascial release therapy, I monitor your tissue tightness by developing a kinesthetic link through touch. This link senses the inherent movement of tissue, underlying neurophysiologic tissue tone, and the more overt muscle tone. Working with the fascial system requires an extremely sensitive touch and considerable experience to be able to detect subtle tissue restrictions.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the tough, thin connective tissue that covers the muscles, vessels, organs, nerves and bones. When muscle fibers and other tissue is injured due to surgery, trauma or even repetitive use, adhesions or restrictions affect the fascial system, binding it down, causing thickening, hardening and even pain.
Myofascial pain usually originates from specific points within your myofascial tissues, sometimes called “trigger points” where the muscle fibers are restricted and bound.
How Does Myofascial Release Work?
The Myofascial Release Approach, as taught by John F. Barnes, recognizes that the fascia cannot be isolated from the other structures in the body. In fact, it is the only system in the body that connects all the other systems to the whole. John F. Barnes, PT has developed myofascial release therapy for over forty years. It is the most advanced and effective hands on care available. Myofascial release is particularly effective for those clients who have not responded to standard physical therapy treatments and still yearn to regain pain free, fluid motion after surgery, trauma or repetitive use.
For more information about myofascial release therapy and how it can relieve myofascial pain, please contact Myofascial Release Center of Marin: 415-328-6623.