Therapeutic Massage by Cindy (Rowland) Wilson

Myofascial Release


 What is Fascia?

     Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from head to foot without interruption.  Trauma, posture or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures and /or organs.  Since many of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc, do not show the fascial restrictions, it is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.


What is the John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release approach?

     This approach consists of the gentle application of sustained pressure into the fascial restrictions.  This essential "time element" has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic meduim (fascia) to elongate.

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Some of the most common conditions for which Myofascial Release is appropriate are:

Auto Injuries

Back Pain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Elbow, Wrist and Hand Pain



Hip Pain

Jaw Pain, TMJ Dysfunction

Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Neck Pain


Plantar Fasciitis

Post-Op Scar Reduction

Restriction in Motion

Sciatica Scoliosis

Shoulder Pain

Sports Injuries

Stress and Tension Related Problems

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Work Injuries

Women's Health Issues



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