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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the myofascial system?

Myo means muscle and fascia is a connective tissue. Muscle is surrounded by and ingrained with fascia thus forming the myofascial system.

What is fascia?


  • Is a three dimensional web of connective tissue
  • Surrounds and penetrates all parts of the body
  • Is tremendously strong and tough
  • Is continuous from head to toe

What is the function of fascia?


  • Positions, protects, and supports organs, nerves, and blood vessels
  • Provides the immediate environment for every cell in the body
  • Acts like a system of tent ropes, providing stability and support
  • Fascia is essential to the form and structure of our bodies.
  • Without fascia, we would be big puddles of pieces and parts.

What causes problems in the fascia?

Problems, called adhesions and restrictions, may come from (among other things):

  • Stress
  • Injuries
  • Scarring
  • Accidents
  • Birth Trauma
  • Repetitive Use
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic Poor Posture
  • Can fascial restrictions be seen through testing?

    No, the fascia does not show up on any standard diagnostic testing such as X-rays, MRI’s, CT Scans, or blood tests.

    What symptoms are associated with fascial restrictions?

    Symptoms include but are not limited to:

    • Muscle Pain
    • Weakness
    • Joint Pain
    • Headaches
    • Tinnitis
    • Decreased Range of Motion
    • Diminished Organ Function
    • Body Distortions such as Scoliosis

    What is Myofascial Release?

    Myofascial release is the term given to techniques that are used to relieve soft tissue from fascial adhesions and restrictions.

    How does the John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach work?

    The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach (JFB MFR) is a holistic, hands-on technique that uses gentle, sustained pressure to release fascial adhesions and restrictions. This helps eliminate pain and restore function.

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