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John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release in Delafield, Wisconsin

What Are The Benefits of the John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach®?

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.

All of our Physical Therapists specialize in the John F. Barnes’ style of Myofascial Release, one of the true specialty niches of our practice. 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 PT! 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 PTs 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.

What is 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 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 held for a sustained period of time (usually 2-5 min). After this time, deep and often long-lasting releases occur. 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!

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: 

Myofascial Release Therapy in Delafield, Wisconsin At Balance Within – Integrative Physical Therapy

Here at Balance Within Physical Therapy, we specialize in helping people, just like you, find relief from their pain so they can get back to the activities and lifestyle that they love.

Who will benefit from Myofascial Release:

Here are a few of the most common conditions that the John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach can help:
Women’s Health Problems:

Don’t just take our word for it - here are some of our patients who have seen success with Myofascial Release

- Karen B.


“I have had multiple orthopedic surgeries and severe arthritis. When I first started with Balance Within PT, I had a knee contracture and very tight hips, legs, and my right foot. The myofascial release helped me immensely in loosening up my hips and IT bands. My foot was easier to bend and move and I still have a better range of motion. After more surgery, they helped work with me to prevent my knee contracture from reoccurring. I continue to use some of their methods to help keep things more flexible… I highly recommend their services!”

- Janet H.


“Heartfelt thanks to the professional, knowledgeable and compassionate Drs. at Balance Within PT! Recently… I had total knee replacement surgery. Since my surgery…, I have discovered the hands-on manual Myofascial Release and soft tissue work I have received from the PTs at Balance Within PT has provided me more mobility, greater range of motion and leg straightening and less pain while I continue to heal and recover. The Dr.’s manual therapy to release scar tissue and muscle tightness around my… and new knee has been extremely helpful by reducing my pain and aiding my mobility… I highly recommend their hands on Myofascial Release treatments to anyone who is recovering from major surgery.”

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How Does Balance Within Physical Therapy Stand Out From The Rest?

You may be wondering right now — “What makes Balance Within Physical Therapy stand out from the rest? How am I going to get better results than everything else I’ve already tried?”