Frequently Asked Questions
What is Myofascial Release?
We use the John Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR) approach where we apply gentle sustained pressure and stretching techniques (no rubbing as in traditional massage) into the fascial restrictions such as scars, injured areas, and tightened areas. It is a powerful and effective treatment to eliminate pain, restore motion, and improve posture.
Why is fascia so important?
Our fascia is like a three dimensional web that surrounds every cell in our body. Under healthy circumstances, it's fluid and pliable and able to stretch in response to the physical demands and the forces we put on our bodies every day. And it's our natural shock absorber. Our fascia naturally protects our body by bracing during an impact, trauma, surgery, or stressful situation, and can become hardened like dry glue with repeated inflammation, overuse, poor posture, disease, physical and/or emotional trauma, or surgery. Myofascial Restrictions can produce pressures up to 2000 pounds per square inch... like having a full grown horse standing on the size of a quarter on that painful area.
Myofascial Restrictions do not show up on standardized tests such as X-rays, MRI's, CAT scans, or electromyography, so it's no wonder people are walking around in chronic or unexplained pain!
Who would benefit from Myofascial Release?
Everyone! Every body is composed of fascia. It is a web that is from head to toe and is interwoven throughout your muscles, nerves, organs, etc. How we use our bodies day in and day out over the years, coupled with any type of trauma, physical or emotional, plays a role into how the fascia becomes tight or hardened.
If you experience chronic to debilitating pain where your quality of life is affected, Myofascial Release (MFR) can help.
Because fascia does not show up on standard medical tests, western medicine does not comprehend how the fascial system becomes the culprit in creating pain patterns.
Where conventional medicine treats primarily the symptoms (most often with medications that produce harsh side effects), and other bodywork modalities provide only temporary results; John Barnes’ MFR is one of the most effective methods for relieving pain, restoring mobility, improving posture and returning the body to a state of balance, health, and well-being.
Myofascial Release is a modality that reaches deeper than other modalities and creates lasting change.
What do I wear to treatment?
Myofascial Release is performed directly on the skin, so you should bring appropriate clothing that allows for direct hands-on
contact with your body. We suggest that you wear loose fitting shorts and a tank top, undergarments, or a two-piece bathing suit.
*We do not use lotions or oils of any kind during your Myofascial Release session and kindly ask that you do NOT apply
lotion or oil to your skin on the day of your treatment.
How will I feel when I’m done with an MFR session?
Following your session, you will typically feel very relaxed. Some people have increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, lasting for days. And others feel the need to rest. Listen to your body!
On occasion, you may feel a bit worse before feeling better. We call it a "healing crisis". While it may be uncomfortable, this is a sign that your body is processing the fascia that has been released and is not harmful.
We recommend drinking plenty of water for 24-48 hours post treatment.
Are gratuities expected or accepted?
No, but positive reviews on Google, Yelp, social media, and/or referring your friends and family is much appreciated!
Are there any contraindications to receiving Myofascial Release Therapy?
Yes. The conditions include malignancy, aneurysm, and acute rheumatoid arthritis. These are considered absolute. Regional contraindications include; hematoma, open wounds, healing fractures, anti-coagulant therapy, advanced diabetes, sutures, osteoporosis or advanced degenerative changes, obstructive edema, febrile state, cellulitis, systemic or localized infection. Please inform your therapist of any of these conditions.
Karen at Dynamic Myofascial Release in San Diego, is ready to help you feel better!