What is Fascia?
Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from head to foot without interruption. Trauma, posture or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures and/or organs. Since many of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc, do not show the fascial restrictions, it is thought that an extremely high % of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.
Fascial restrictions can exert approximately 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on pain sensitive structures producing pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, restrictions of motion, among others.
The John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach consists of the gentle application of sustained pressure into the fascial restrictions. This essential "time element" has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
Myofascial Release can help with a multitude of problems and diseases. To name a few:
*Back Pain/cervical pain
*Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
*Pelvic Floor Dysfunction/Women's Health