Myofascial Release: The Missing Link in Healthcare
What is John F. Barnes Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a safe, gentle hands-on technique that works on the level of the fascia to open the restrictions, thus releasing blocked energy and restoring health.
What is fascia?
Fascia is connective tissue. It is in every living organism, plant and animal. Fascia is made up of collagen and elastin fibers and ground substance (fluid and proteins). The connective tissue is formed into microtubules on the order of nanometers (one billionth of a meter). The microtubules carry fluid and are crystalline in nature, which makes them perfect for conducting energy and information. The microtubules are configured in bundles and connected in networks. Microtubules are in every cell, surround every cell, connect all 70 trillion cells in the body into a 3-D dynamic web of connective tissue. Since X-Ray and routine diagnostic imaging is not able to capture restrictions in the fascial system, the underlying cause of the problem is often missed.
What causes myofascial restrictions?
Physical or psychological trauma, inflammation, poor posture, repetitive motion and scar tissue can dehydrate the fluid components of fascia exerting enormous pressure, up to 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures (nerves, blood vessels, muscles, osseous structures, and or organs) and inhibiting vital communication in the body. Sometimes we go into a state of dissociation at the moment of trauma to survive. The body experiences a freeze response and this positional, physiological memory becomes imprinted into our mind/body. This positional memory gets locked in the subconscious, without conscious awareness. This keeps the body in holding or bracing patterns that lead to symptoms. Eventually this produces pain, headaches, anxiety, restrictions in motion and disease.
What conditions can be treated with Myofascial Release?
Headaches and migraines, trauma – physical/psychological, fibromyalgia, neck and back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ syndrome, restriction in motion, stress and tension related problems, scoliosis, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders, post-surgical dysfunction and scar tissue, shoulder/arm pain, hip/knee/foot pain, orthopedic problems, sports injuries.
What causes myofascial restrictions to let go?
The fascial system is a piezoelectric tissue which means mechanical energy can be converted to electrical potential and vice versa. The therapist applies gentle sustained pressure into the fascial system through compression, traction or moving a body part against gravity, which creates an electrical current. The current allows for rehydration of the fascial system and return of energy flow.
Can you describe the hands-on techniques?
There are hundreds of Myofascial Release techniques available to the therapist in a treatment. Craniosacral techniques are included. The choice depends on the location and the nature of the fascial restrictions. The individual will feel connections to other restricted areas. As well, the therapist observes for vasomotor response, an area that signals hot, red, sweaty. That is the area to be treated next. Through the unwinding technique, the body can find positions in space where memories, associated emotional states and belief systems come to the conscious level. When the information comes to the conscious level, the individual can make a choice to let it go and make a change. MFR treats the whole body. When the whole body is treated, there can be complete elimination of symptoms.
How do I prepare for a MFR session?
Come ready to receive, let go of the outcome, engage in channel 3 or feeling state of mind. We work directly on the skin to maximize on the piezoelectric effect. If ongoing treatments are needed beyond 20 days from the initial session, the therapist will help you obtain a script from your MD. Call for a free consultation on how MFR can help you.
What can I expect?
Increase in whole body awareness
Resolution of restriction, emotions and belief systems that impede progress
Elimination of pain
Return of energy flow and health
As the course of MFR treatments unfolds, you will feel and see yourself as an integrated body of light with increased conscious awareness and connection.
December 2012 Tampa Bay Wellness www.tampabaywellness.com