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What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release (pronounced, myō-fash'-ăl), as originally developed and taught by John F. Barnes, PT, is a whole body, hands-on therapy technique that is highly effective for eliminating pain and restoring restricted movement.  This unique form of manual therapy is applied directly to the skin without use of oils, machinery, or equipment of any kind.

Myofascial Release (or MFR), consists of firm, gentle, and sustained pressure into restricted tissue (taking the slack out), without gliding on the surface of the skin.  This sustained pressure engages the elastic, muscular, and collagenous components of the soft tissue. Applying sustained pressure over time facilitates the piezoelectric phenomenon, which means electricity resulting from pressure.

  • Piezoelectricy: A slow gentle pressure applied over time allows the viscoelastic mediums within fascia to elongate.

In order to achieve permanent elongation, or “release”, the stretch must be held for a minimum of 5-7 minutes.  Following a series of releases, the tissue becomes softer and more pliable, taking pressure off pain sensitive structures, and eliminating painful symptoms. John F. Barnes' Sustained Myofascial Release removes the 'straight-jacket' of pressure and allows the body's soft tissues to rehydrate and achieve optimum functioning again.  

Myofascial Release for all ages

Myofascial Release techniques are gently administered and therefore safe for patients of all ages. The amount of pressure used for children is significantly less than what is applied during treatment with adults. 

Benefits of Pediatric MFR:

  • Lessen effects of birth related trauma
  • Decrease & eliminate colic behaviors
  • Improve oral motor control for feeding
  • Facilitate normal sensory processing & developmental milestones
  • Eliminate pain & headaches

Common diagnoses we treat in the Pediatric population:

  • Reflux
  • Torticolis 
  • Birth trauma
  • Developmental delay
  • Cerebral Palsy or Neuologic issues
  • Scoliosis
  • Muscle spasms & cramping
  • Pain & headaches
  • Sensory dysfunction