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Myofascial Release Considered the Ultimate Therapy

by Mark Smith

The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release technique is a powerful whole-body approach to treating the three-dimensional fascia that extends from the top of our head to the bottom of our feet, and envelops all organs, tendons, nerves, blood vessels and bones.

John F. Barnes is an internationally renowned physical therapist, teacher and lecturer who has trained more than 100,000 therapists and physicians worldwide on his approach to Myofascial Release. What he has found is that fascia does not respond to blunt force, which is a common technique among therapists, but does permanently release when gradual pressure is applied over long periods of time.

Research shows that 85 to 90 percent of soft tissue pain is caused by fascial restrictions. When the fascia tightens and dehydrates due to trauma, stress, postural misalignments, dental malocclusions, surgeries, falls, crashes and repetitive-use injuries, it causes familiar pain syndromes. Some of these common conditions include plantar fasciitis; carpal tunnel syndrome; and chronic neck, back, knee, hip and shoulder pain, along with tension and migraine headaches.

The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach treats the cause of this soft tissue pain resulting in the reduction or elimination of pain and an increase in range of motion.

Mark Smith is the owner of My Massage & Sports Therapy and specializes in Myofascial Release body work. His office is located at 101 N. Evergreen Rd., in Spokane Valley, Washington. He offers a new client introductory massage (60-minute) for only $35. For more information, call 509-370-2207 or visit

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