THE JOHN F. BARNES' MYOFASCIAL RELEASE PERSPECTIVE—CRUSHING PRESSURE

Health care professions have ignored a structure and system of our body that is capable of producing crushing pressure.

In the early 1940s, it was discovered by one of the country’s leading scientists that the fascial system was similar to optical fiber, and was capable of carrying enormous amounts of information and energy throughout the entire body almost instantaneously. Before that, it was taught that the fascial system was an insulator, because all of the people who did research were eliminating fluid from the body and essentially studying nonlife. Unfortunately, science tends to ignore ideas that disturb their paradigm or world view, so the fascial system in almost all schools is still being taught as an insulator. The fascial system is capable of producing significant pressures in our bodies that, in turn, produce symptoms most of our clients come to see us for.

Trauma, thwarted inflammatory responses, surgery and emotional upheavals in one’s life can restrict fascia. When this occurs, fascia can exert enormous crushing pressure on pain-sensitive structures up to approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch. It is also important to recognize fascial restrictions do not show up in such tests as CT scans, X-rays, myelograms and blood work; therefore, myofascial problems have been misdiagnosed or completely ignored for eons.

The good news is there is hope. Myofascial release will help you to find your true self and lead you to a healthier, joyful and fulfilling life. Myofascial release helps treat all aspects of a human being in a safe and effective way.

The fascial system has been ignored in most therapists’ and physicians’ education. Many of the problems you and other massage-and-bodywork practitioners have encountered, whether it be pain, headache or restriction in motion, may come from restrictions in the fascial system.

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