Myofascial Release or MFR is a manual therapy approach, meaning the therapist will use his hands to treat your body while you are on a comfortable treatment table. MFR utilizes techniques that are very different from other forms of manual therapy, such as Chiropractic or Rolfing or generalized Massage. The therapist finds restrictions in your myofascial system (myo = muscles; fascia = connective tissues) and gently stretches, or “releases”, those restrictions to improve function, minimize pain, and restore individuals to an optimal life experience. Because the fascial system is a continuous, uninterrupted 3-dimensional web that runs from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet, it directly impacts and influences every system and motion center of the body.
Phil takes a holistic, or “whole body”, approach in every session. For example, even if your primary issue is neck stiffness or pain, Phil might release restrictions in your ribcage, pelvis, arms, and legs because every part of your body affects every other part of your body via the fascial web. Fascial restrictions, which do not appear on standard medical tests (Xrays, MRIs, CT scans, etc), are a frequent root cause of chronic pain, immobility, &/or decreased function in millions of frustrated clients.
MFR therapists at TAVO Total Health have trained directly with John F. Barnes himself, the creator of authentic MFR.
To learn more about the John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach, visit www.myofascialrelease.com.
This is also an excellent video that explains Myofascial Release and provides great visuals of the fascial system: