Hands On Therapy

Physiotherapy Clinic specializing in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release

What is Fascia?

 The fascia is connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a continuous three-dimensional web from head to toe without interruption.  Every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ of the body, right down to the cellular level is embedded in the fascia, there is no escaping it. Fascia provides a framework within which the body functions. It is a very important structure that has been virtually ignored in the traditional teachings of anatomy.  

What is the significance of Fascial Restrictions?

The fascia is affected from the time we are conceived.  Restrictions or tightness in the fascia can exert extreme tensile pressures on the body up to 2000 lb per square inch.  Tightness can be caused by trauma, whether it is minor, like "tripping on the sidewalk" or when we fell as a toddler, or major like a car accident causing whiplash.   Emotional trauma also affects the fascia.  Other ways restrictions can occur are from poor posture or repetitive strain over time, poor body mechanics, i.e. lifting techniques or sitting at your desk for long periods. chronic inflammatory responses or scar tissue from surgery. The fascia can crush on structures that will cause pain, pull structures out of alignment or cause organs not to function as optimally as they can. 

 Fascial restrictions do not show up on any diagnostic test (x-ray, CT scans or MRI). because it is too thin. A high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but are not diagnosed. 

Symptoms That can Occur because of Fascial Restrictions

Fascial restrictions can cause all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.

What is Myofascial Release?

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE is a whole body approach to the evaluation and treatment of dysfunction or pain. It is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure over the restriction which allows the fascia to let go, thus eliminating pain and restoring motion. 

The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy.  We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.

Hands-On Treatment

Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.