Excerpt from MFR Founder John F. Barnes "Fireside Chat" Part 1
Excerpt from MFR Founder John F. Barnes "Fireside Chat" Part 2
MFR News & Research
Benefits of Massage-Myofascial Release Therapy on Pain, Anxiety, Quality of Sleep, Depression, and Quality of Life in Patients with Fibromyalgia
Fascia: A missing link in our understanding of the pathology of Fibromyalgia.
Fibrofiles- Groundbreaking study widens treatment options for Fibromyalgia
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Women's Health
What is a Myofascial Therapist (part one) by John F. Barnes
What is a Myofascial Therapist (part two) by John F. Barnes
Integration of Myofascial Trigger Point Release Therapy and Paradoxical Relaxation Training Treatment http://www.prostatitis.hostei.com/docs/stanford2005.pdf
Myofascial Release for PTSD, Anxiety and Depression
Published: April 10, 2012
For hundreds of years anatomists and artists have dissected dead bodies to gain a better understanding of how living ones work. In this 21st century the opportunity to study dead bodies is usually reserved for the medical researchers, but individuals are free to leave their bodies for medical education. And so it is with thanks to those individuals who chose to donate their bodies for medical education that last month I was able to take part in a fascial dissection workshop. The workshop was lead by Dr Carla Stecco of the University of Padua who is an expert in fascia. The purpose was to illustrate some of the recent scientific research into the composition and properties of fascia. A fascial dissection is very different from an ordinary dissection. Ordinary dissections are based on the idea that human bodies are made up of a collection of individual muscles and organs. A fascial dissection is based on the idea that bodies are created from a web of connective tissue that connects the superficial layers of the body to tissues deeper in, allowing them to shift and to influence one another. These are differences of perspective.
Fascia Magnified 25x - Fascia in Living Color! See this fascinating connective tissue called the "Fascia" in action! Microvideography by Dr Jean Claude Guimberteau
Here is a video from Functional Therapy Magazine that provides a very unique way of looking at and explaining the fascia using what else but a grapefruit! Nicely Done
Fascia Congress 2012
Published: April 10, 2012
I recently joined 800 other therapists and scientific researchers from universities and medical schools around the world for the third triennial Fascia Congress in Vancouver, Canada 28-30 March 2012. The purpose of the congress was to enable the new generation of scientists specializing in fascia research to meet the complementary therapists who are already using myofascial release and other soft tissue techniques in the treatment of a variety of pain conditions. Interest in fascia research has grown enormously since the first congress held at Harvard University in 2007. Understandably some complementary therapists have mixed feelings about the medical and scientific community that once dismissed facial work as quackery but who are now getting in on the act. However for the most part the spirits that characterized the 2012 congress (and previous ones) were of cooperation and excitement at recent breakthroughs in the scientific understanding of fascia and of how myofascial release works to reduce pain and restore movement.