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MFR Explained

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Wendy with John F. BarnesTrue John F. Barnes Myofascial Release is a holistic, full-body, hands-on approach developed and refined by John F. Barnes, PT.  This safe and effective approach releases the fascial system, a three-dimensional web that connects and surrounds every muscle, organ and system down to the cellular level throughout the the body.


JFB-MFR helps to remove the 'straight jacket' from the body by releasing restricted fascia.  A skilled MFR therapist will look at and treat your entire body using gentle, yet powerful, 'hands-on' techniques that will help to restore balance, facilitating your health and wellness.  MFR techniques provide gentle, sustained pressure into the fascial system to release restrictions throughout the body, decreasing the crushing force which is often the cause of pain and limited motion.  Balancing the body can reduce or eliminate pain, increase flexibility and stability, plus have a profound effect on the body's tissues at a very deep level.  MFR produces consistently effective and lasting results by respecting the wisdom of the patient's mind-body and it's ability to self-correct. 


MFR is particularly helpful in the treatment of stubborn or chronic problems that have not been resolved by traditional methods.  Promoting mind-body awareness can provide access to emotions and belief systems that may have prevented permanent structural changes.  Once this missing information is revealed and released, healing is complete.


To get a more thorough understanding of JFB-MFR, please visit www.myofascialrelease.com.  You may also wish to read some of the numerous articles and books John has written.



Can MFR Help Me?


Often a patient will tell me that they have been diagnosed with "X" and "Y" and maybe even "Z".  Their first question is, "Can you fix or help this condition?".  A diagnosis is the label given to your symptoms so you can be treated and your insurance company knows how to process your claim.  Unfortunately, symptoms get treated and the cause is overlooked or not addressed.  That's where MFR comes in.  A skilled therapist is looking at the whole picture.  During the initial evaluation and at the beginning of every session, the therapist is looking to see where your body may be misaligned, pulled out of balance or restricted.  Yes, we treat your symptoms but more importantly, we treat your whole body.


Myofascial Release is effective in the treatment of many diagnosis'.  If you have been diagnosed with any of the following, consider giving MFR a try.  You will be happy you did.


  • Acute and Chronic Pain - Back Pain, Disc Problems, Cervical Neck and Lumbar Pain, Scoliosis, Sciatica
  • Pelvic Issues - Bladder Problems, Menstrual Issues, Infertility, Endometriosis
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Restriction of Motion
  • Repetitive Stress & Sports Injuries - Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Rehabilitation
  • Post Surgical / Traumatic Scarring
  • Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears)
  • Neurological Dysfunction
  • Stress and Tension Related Problems - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Whiplash
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • and much more...


JFB-MFR vs. Other Forms of Myofascial Release and Traditional Therapy


When someone tells me they have received Myofascial Release therapy in the past, I will ask them if their therapist was trained by John Barnes.  If not, I know they have not felt and received the benefits of true Myofascial Release.  There are many copycat courses available and I often wonder why therapists would take these courses when they could learn first hand from John, the pioneer of this life changing modality.


There are significant differences between JFB-MFR and all other types of bodywork and  traditional therapies.  The first difference is that a JFB trained therapist does not follow any protocols or “cookbook type techniques”.  We are each uniquely wonderful with our own unique set of restrictions.  Many other forms of therapies treat only the symptoms, segmenting the body into bits and pieces and ignoring the power of our consciousness.  JFB-MFR is a whole-body technique which requires the therapist to engage the fascia, following what the body needs during each treatment.  A JFB-MFR therapist slowly sinks into the tissue, engages the barrier of the restriction and waits for the release to occur.  Here’s the BIG difference between JFB-MFR and other forms of Myofascial Release or traditional therapies. Traditional therapies usually only hold at the barrier until the release happens which is long enough for the elastic and muscular components to release, resulting in temporary results.  A JFB-MFR therapist waits at the barrier for the release to occur, often 2-3 minutes.  They then wait longer, often 5 or more additional minutes, waiting for the collagen to lengthen.  Once the tissue is lengthened, they feel for the next barrier and repeat, reaching deep into the body.


Awareness is an additional difference with a JFB-MFR therapist.   Staying focused and centered allows the therapist to engage the body, feel for the barriers, apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate the releases of the fascia and wait for the changes to happen in your body.