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:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Elbow, Wrist and Hand Pain
Jaw Pain, TMJ Dysfunction
Knee, Ankle and Foot Pain
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Post-Op Scar Reduction
Restriction in Motion
Stress and Tension Related Problems
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Women's Health Issues