Are you someone who likes to stay active with an exercise routine, regular walks/hikes, or regular activity with family and friends, but you’ve always had nagging pains, stiffness or crushing pressure that feels like a straightjacket in your back, knees, hips, neck or shoulders?
It’s possible that a missing link (the fascial system or connective tissue of your body) could be the solution for your pain relief so you can stay active and maintain your fitness without the risk of injury or those annoying pains coming back after every walk or run.
Myofascial Release, more specially The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach®, is that missing link you are looking to find.
Watch the following video as Dr. Sarah explains how the John Barnes Myofascial Release technique works and the patients who can greatly benefit from this unique approach to physical therapy:
The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® is considered to be the ultimate therapy that is extremely effective, safe and gentle. It provides long-lasting results, increased flexibility, and a reduction in pain, swelling and tightness of the affected area. It is estimated that tight connective tissue can squeeze, tug and pull with forces up to 2,000 lbs per square inch so loosening up this structure is a game changer for taking pressure off of sensitive muscles, nerves, discs and joints in the body! This specialty is why we have become known as a specialty clinic for individuals with chronic pain, tricky cases and chronic back pain too.
So in this blog, we’ll give you an insight into what is myofascial release, who can benefit from this unique approach and how The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® can help you stay active, enjoy your favorite activities with family and friends and get you back to the life you want pain free.
What is John Barnes’ Myofascial Release?
The word myofascial can be broken down to myo=muscle and fascial=tissue. Within your body, you have tissue that connects and supports muscle. Inflammation, trauma and even surgery can produce restrictions on these tissues causing pain. Myofascial release is a specific form of hands-on physical therapy used to treat these restrictions, restore motion and bring pain relief Myofascial release focuses on reducing pain by easing tension and tightness. Myofascial release is typically used over a broad area of muscle and connective tissue to ensure the pain point is reached and treated.
How it works: Stubborn, tight restrictions of the fascia are released through hands-on techniques and exercises that stretch the body’s muscles and connective tissue to their (gentle) barrier and hold for a sustained period of time (usually 2-5 min). After this time, deep and often long-lasting releases occur. The release of these tissues often feels like taffy gently pulling or butter melting or softening of these tissues. Many people describe the feeling afterwards as ‘the straightjacket is gone’ or ‘that crushing pressure on my back/neck/knee/etc disappeared’. It’s estimated that compression or torque forces from fascial restrictions can exert forces of up to 2,000 lbs per square inch so it’s no wonder people feel so great when this is released!
Who Can Benefit from Myofascial Release?
Some many conditions can be treated with the Myofascial Release. Here are a few of the most common conditions that the John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach can help:
|Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
|TMJ – Jaw Pain
How Balance Within Physical Therapy is Different From Traditional Physical Therapy Clinics
All of our Physical Therapists specialize in the John F. Barnes’ style of Myofascial Release, one of the true specialty niches of our practice. We’re actually one of the only Physical Therapy clinics in the state of Wisconsin offering this specialty! It was this approach that allowed Dr. Jereme to completely rid himself of chronic back pain after suffering daily for 20 years and what inspired us to open Balance Within Physical Therapy! Hailed as ‘The Missing Link in Traditional Therapies’, this powerful form of Myofascial Release is also incredibly gentle.
While there are many different types of Myofascial Release and just about any Physical Therapist or Massage Therapist will tell you that they practice MFR (myofascial release), it is extremely rare to find someone (let alone the majority of Physical Therapists in one practice) that have completed 200+ hours of training in this specialized approach with Advanced or Expert level certifications.
Most other types of MFR are very aggressive and not long-lasting (ie: deep tissue massage, Rolfing, Graston, etc) so it’s very important to make this distinction when you’re looking for long-lasting results. We’ve had a lot of success helping people with chronic pain that has not responded to other approaches, especially when we integrate this style of approach in their care.
Could Myofascial Release Help YOU Stay Active?
Now you’ve read about how myofascial release can help, why wouldn’t you want to invest in your health?
Right now, we’re offering you the opportunity to arrange a free discovery visit with one of our expert physical therapists!
During your free discovery visits, you can ask any questions you have, get the answers you need, and feel confident about the positive pain-free future you could have with a few sessions of myofascial release.
So what are you waiting for? You can arrange your free discovery visit by filling in our simple online form or calling or texting us at 262-284-8701 and we’ll look forward to helping you get back on track with your health and fitness goals!
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