Barnes Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release, developed by internationally recognized John F. Barnes, PT, is a gentle, whole body and holistic form of bodywork used to promote wellness, decrease or eliminate pain, and restore movement.  Fascia is the connective tissue in your body and is responsible for its structure - holding organs, etc in place and keeping the spine/bones in alignment, as well as influencing the length and tension of your muscles.  It is also the immediate environment of all our cells and can have an impact on how well they function.  It's designed to be a fluid and dynamic tissue, allowing you to move in a number of different ways with ease, but also stability.  Fascial restrictions can form, however, as a result of chronic inflammation, trauma (such as surgery, car accidents, severe falls), poor posture, bracing against stress, etc.  These restrictions then limit motion, cause symptoms (such as pain, tightness, numbness/tingling), pull our bones out of alignment, irritate nerves, affect how well organs can function, affect mood/coping strategies, etc.  The goal of Barnes Myofascial Release is to identify those restrictions and restore balance and harmony in the body and being.


What to expect:  Treatment begins with a review of your medical history and current issues, followed by a whole body assessment of posture in standing and lying down, range of  motion, movement analysis, soft tissue tightness/restrictions, pelvic/spinal alignment, etc.  Hands-on techniques are then applied to the most predominate problem areas, which may or may not be the area(s) of pain or symptoms.  Techniques are most effective when done directly on bare skin so you are asked to wear loose running type shorts and sports bra or loose sleeveless shirt, and to not have oils on the skin.  Many techniques are done with you laying on a treatment table, but some are done in sitting or standing.  Self treatment exercises, techniques or activities are given as needed to maintain and/or make further improvements between sessions, and help keep gains after you complete your course of therapy.  The number of sessions you may need depends on a number of variables.  Some people only need a few sessions, while others need ongoing treatment for a period of time in order to resolve their issue(s) or bring it to a manageable level.  A sense of how much treatment you may need can better be determined after your initial visit.


For more information about Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy:   www.myofascialrelease.com

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