About Myofascial Release Therapy

Myofascial Release is the therapeutic treatment of the non-elastic tissue that three-dimensionally surrounds and integrates all tissues of the body. The myofascial tissue commonly thickens and becomes restricted from injury, inflammation or disease. The myofascial tissue for example, is similar to the jell-o in a jell-o salad. The jell-o represents the myofascial tissue and all the other ingredients resemble various bodily components such as organs, muscle, tendon, blood vessels and nerve structures. The facial system can exert approximately 2000 pounds per square inch of compressive force on pain sensitive soft tissue structures. Myofascial Release is an effective hands-on approach to treat the myofascial system to release these soft tissue adhesions, to eliminate pain and restore motion, circulation and tissue elasticity.

The completed training courses of MFR include

Myofascial release I, II

The first course of John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach is learning and understanding the principles of MFR. Myofascial Release II builds on the principles of MFR I. This advanced course introduces areas that target commonly restricted areas as related to posture, headaches and the cervical spine.

Myofascial release pelvis/sacrum

The pelvis and sacrum make up the core foundation of our bodies. Fascial tightness in the pelvis increases low back stress and pain. Asymmetries in the pelvis and sacrum are the cause of tightness in the hamstrings, hip flexors and deep hip rotators. This muscular tightness compromises our flexibility, makes stretching unproductive and impacts daily and athletic function that often result in chronic pain

Myofascial release cervical & thoracic spine

The goal to understanding pain and tightness in the upper back and neck is realizing all the factors that influence posture. Tightness in the shoulders will contribute to tension across the upper back and stress in the neck. This combination leads to limited mobility, chronic pain and possible headaches.

Myofascial rebounding/unwinding

Rebounding is the mechanical process of oscillating fluid or sloshing water through the tissue, limbs and trunk to re-hydrate these areas. Tight fascia will produce 2000 pounds per square inch of pressure on organs, nerves, joints, muscles and limits the flow of fluids. Think of clenching your fist and how blanching occurs in the tissue. Without adequate blood flow, tissue has low oxygen and poor fluid exchange. Over prolonged periods, tissue that lacks oxygen and blood flow may contribute to chronic pain and fibromyalgic symptoms.

Unwinding is a hands-on process to aid in releasing mental and/or subconscious holding patterns the mind-body employs following an accident or injury. An example of this is the recurring tightness or pain we feel while simply performing daily activities. In this mental state we may not have fully recovered because our subconscious has not processed the event to a positive resolution which interferes with our healing. Unwinding is re-connecting with the event allowing the nervous system to discharge negative energy in a safe and secure manner.


Myofascialrelease.com is a website where clients can find myofascial therapists in their region or home.