Myofascial Release (MFR) FAQ

Myofascial Release (MFR) frees restrictions within the facial (connective tissue) of the bosy alleviating pain and restoring mobility. John F Barnes, PT, developed this hand-on, whole body approach to relieve pain by finding and treating the cause, not just the symptoms. The fascial system is a three-dimensional web, which touches every bone, muscle, nerve, blood vessel, organ tissue and cell within the body. These restrictions have been to affect us physically, mentally and spiritually.

Any type of trauma (injury, overuse, mental, emotional, i.e.) can cause tightness and restrictions within the fascia. MFR uses gentle, sustained pressure to elongate the connective and elastic tissues throughout the fascial web. This release restrictions at a cellular level, which leads to longer lasting results. MFR techniques are never forced, they find a barrier and hold it until your tissue releases the restriction.

Three Techniques Used In A MFR Session Are:

1. Sustained pressure – gentle, yet firm compression or stretching of the fascia. Pressure is held for five minutes or more per position.

2. Unwinding – movement of the body into position(s) of past trauma

3. Rebounding – a rocking motion

Technique Enhancements:

1. In order to hold the sustained pressure needed for facial release, skin on skin contact is best. Skin should be clean and dry: free from creams, lotions, and oils. Please do not put lotion on before your session.

2. Due to the unwinding process and skin to skin contact, please bring the proper attire for your session:

a. Shorts or swimsuit (men)
b. Shorts and sports bra, or two-piece swimsuit (women)

3. A top sheet is usually left off during a MFR session, but is available as needed for privacy.

4. Feedback to the therapist regarding sensations will help locate the root cause of the restrictions. Discuss sensations (tenderness, tingling, tightness, redness, etc) with your therapist.

5. It is very important to say “ease up” or “hold” if you feel the need to stop a session at any time.

6. Your therapist will also look for visual clues (redness, movement, alignment, i.e.) while you are
standing and lying down.

7. Feel free to share thoughts and emotions during your session. As an MFR therapist, I may ask open-ended questions, but you do not need to respond.

8. Visualize yourself softening into sensations that you feel to help them release.

9. Tell yourself… I am free. I survived.

After Your Session

1. Drink plenty of water.

2. As MFR releases restrictions, your fascia will need to reorganize itself. You may feel sore, or have “therapeutic pain” for up to three days after your treatment.

3. At-home treatment options will be discussed to continue the healing process.