All muscle tissues throughout the body are covered with a layer of very dense fiber known as fascia. It can weave throughout tissues, providing structure and protection. With physical or emotional trauma, fascia can become distorted and pull out of its normal position, creating tension and intense stress to muscles. These distortions may last for years, even indefinitely, bringing pain and dysfunction, all while holding traumatic memory within the tissue.
Myofascial Release Therapy, or MFR, was developed by John Barnes, PT, (www.myofascialrelease.com). It has been recognized as very beneficial in correcting fascia that may have become a significant contributor to pain and stress.
MFR is an advanced technique that requires a substantial amount of training over several days or weeks in addition to basic massage schooling. It is popular with physical therapists who employ it with their patients. While a massage therapist is not a medical expert and cannot diagnose, they may see clues to a particular issue. They should be able to refer you to the right medically trained professional.
MFR may be integrated with other therapies, such as deep tissue or neuromuscular therapy, depending the therapist’s determination of the client’s needs. It is likely more than one treatment may be needed to correct fascial restrictions.
Teresa received her advanced training from John Barnes, PT, for levels I & II.