Frequently Asked Questions
What is the John F. Barnes’ Method of Myofascial Release? Of the many forms of Myofascial Release (MFR), we have found the John F. Barnes Method to be the most effective. This form of Myofascial Release is a gentle approach to releasing tight tissue by taking the tissue to its barrier via compression or elongation and holding for a sustained time period (usually 2-5 minutes, although it can be longer). Often patients who have experienced trauma, whiplash and/or surgeries respond great to this approach, even when other therapies have failed. For more details, we highly recommend the video link below! Also you can find plenty of helpful information on John F. Barnes' official website, www.myofascialrelease.com.
What is Fascia? Fascia is a connective tissue that literally surrounds every cell of the body. It is woven throughout the body like a 3-D webbing, supporting and connecting all of the structures in our body.
Why is this important? Traumas to the tissue, whether it be from small traumas (such as poor posture or using a dominant side with repetitive movements) or large traumas (such as auto accidents or old sports injuries), cause the tissue to solidify & tighten down. When left untreated, these tight areas can place tension on the system and surrounding areas causing not only pain, but also compensated movement patterns and positioning which drives further dysfunction and pain in the body.
What to expect in an initial therapy evaluation session? Your therapist will do a thorough evaluation, assessing body positioning and alignment and testing strength in appropriate regions. Once completed, a hands-on approach to assess tissue tone and mobility will help determine a starting point. Recommended exercises with further explanation of the self-treatment will be incorporated. There will be time for hands-on treatment in this session to help start you on your healing journey. As Doctors of Physical Therapy, we do also specialize in evaluating and treating the mechanics of the body/each joint and can additionally offer highly specialized manual therapy, joint mobilizations and therapeutic exercise treatments to address weakness, lack of flexibility, posture. These exercises can include neurological re-educational exercises for your muscles to help you use your body in a better way to alleviate your symptoms as needed. The best of both worlds!
What to expect in follow-up appointments? A large component of treatment is a hands-on approach to help release restricted areas in your fascia for decreased pain and to get your joints moving properly. We will especially focus our treatment on areas that may be harder to do self-release with and teach you approaches for the areas you can treat yourself. Strengthening exercises will also be incorporated as needed for each patient. Having a balance of strength and flexibility is very important for long-term success in maintaining a healthy body. As time goes on, we will progress you more and more in your exercises as you work towards your goals whether they be enjoying your leisure time, yard and house work, walking, running, participating in sports or anything else you’d like to get back to pain-free!
What to wear? Because MFR (myofascial release) is most effective when we work directly on the skin, having clothing that allows such accessibility is the most beneficial. Shorts and a tank top/sports bra or a 2-piece swimsuit for females and shorts or boxers/briefs for males would be recommended. However, we respect your comfort level and will do our best to work with what you choose to wear.
Your Role: Healing (in many aspects of our life) truly comes from within. As your therapist will likely discuss with you, self-treatment is the biggest key to your success. Following through with what you are taught and coming to your scheduled appointments makes a huge difference. Your willingness and your clear vision of improvement will allow you to make choices that align with your goal more effectively. We are happy and honored to be a part of this journey with you!
CANCELLATION POLICY: In order to continue to provide the quality of care at an affordable cost, we require notice of a cancellation at least 24 hours in advance. Cancellations within less than 24 hours and No-Shows will result in a $60 charge.
Women's Health Conditions:
Myofascial Release is extremely effective at decompressing the tight 'straight jacket' around reproductive organs, bladder and bowel not to mention pain-sensitive structures including nerves and blood vessels, etc. This is true when we treat the body both externally and internally as well! We combine highly effective and gentle MFR work with gentle strengthening for the pelvic floor and pelvic girdle to help improve your function and pain. Many women struggle through life with difficulties per below when they don't have to. Please know these conditions typically can get much better with PT and MFR and we would be honored to help you!
Some examples of Women's Health Conditions which typically respond well to this work include: prenatal & postpartem discomfort, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, SI dysfunction, incontinence, prolapse, vaginismus, painful scars including episiotomies and breast surgical scarring, coccydynea, cysts in breasts/ovaries, menstrual problems, lactation problems, facilitating easy deliveries. Questions? Please call Sarah at 262.442.5054 as she would be happy to talk with you and provide some more information!
Jaw/Orofacial Pain/Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ or TMD):
TMD is a disorder of the jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints, and/or the nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Any problem preventing system of muscles, bones, and joints from working together in harmony may result in TMD. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, classifies the categories of TMD by the following criteria:
*Myofascial pain, the most common form of TMD - this responds great to Physical Therapy & Myofascial Release!
*Internal derangement of the joint. This means a dislocated jaw or displaced disc - this most often responds well to Physical Therapy & Myofascial Release
*Degenerative joint disease, such as osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis in the jaw joint - Physical Therapy can still help decrease pain in these cases
Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD): Jaw pain or fatigue, Difficulty opening the mouth to eat or talk, Earaches, Ringing and/or fuzzy/congested feeling in ears, Headaches, Facial and/or neck pain, Dizziness, Popping sounds in the jaw, Locking of the jaw. If you have any of these symptoms affecting your life, call us today for your free consult to find out how we can help via myofascial release and gentle exercises!
Conditions we have great success treating:
• Myofascial Pain
• Tightness/Stiffness limiting your movements
• Back/Neck Pain
• Headaches and/or Migraines
• Jaw Pain ( TMJ Problems/TMD)
• Shoulder Pain
• Hip Pain
• Knee Pain
• Foot/Ankle Pain
• Scar tissue release
• Sports and/or Running Injuries
• Chronic Pain
• Whiplash Injury
• Disc Problems
• Women's Health - including prenatal & postpartem discomfort, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, SI dysfunction, incontinence, prolapse, vaginismus, painful scars including episiotomies and breast surgical scarring, coccydynea, cysts in breasts/ovaries, menstrual problems, lactation problems, facilitating easy deliveries
And many other conditions too! Call us today for your free phone consult to see how we can help you!