Frequently Asked Questions

What is FASCIA?

Fascia is a three dimensional, dynamic, fluid and fiber matrix that flows uninterrupted throughout our bodies.  It is responsible for the organization and proper function of our bodies.... right down to the cellular level.  When restricted, the fascia can create 2000 lbs per square inch of crushing pressure on pain-sensitive structures in the body.  It has the ability to pull our bony framework out of alignment resulting in changes to our posture and range of motion. Think of a knit sweater - pulling just one strand unravels the entire garment.  Similarly, treating one region of the body effects the fascial system throughout the body.


From John F. Barnes

      "Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture and repetitive stress injuries has cumulative effects on the body. The changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of our body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities."

(Photo credit - featuring the work of pioneer Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau, hand surgeon and author of "Architecture of Human Living Fascia."  Microscopic videophotography of living fascial tissue.

How does Myofascial Release work?   (Pronounced My-o-fah-shel)

Myofascial Release utilizes gentle, sustained pressure to engage the soft tissue of the body.  By engaging the fascial system in this way, the fascial tubules have the ability to re-hydrate, release and re-align to transition from a restricted state to a fluid state.  A highly skilled MFR therapist can identify restrictions and work safely with the body to facilitate healing in the fascial system.  The client's level of awareness of their own body and fascial restrictions develops over time and informs the direction of treatment.  Clients also learn the importance of self-treatment techniques to support their own healing at home.

What is different about the John F. Barnes Method of Myofascial Release?

Physical Therapist John F. Barnes has developed this comprehensive approach to the entire human body to ensure a safe and gentle method of treatment.  His expertise in the field of MFR is unparalleled.  As such, JFB MFR training gives each practitioner strong assessment and manual skills to provide effective treatment of the soft tissue of the body. 

What should I wear?
All clients should wear loose fitting athletic shorts, as well as a sports bra or bathing suit top / tank top for women.  Please do not apply any lotions or creams prior to your session. Myofascial Release is done without the addition of any oils on the skin, as this reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.

Do you accept insurance?
In order to ensure quality, one-on-one care by a licensed Occupational Therapist providing skilled MFR treatment for an appropriate length of time (minimum of 60 minute sessions), we are not a participating provider for any forms of insurance.  Regrettably, with our current insurance system, third party payers have the power to dictate the frequency and duration of your treatment.  It is our belief that your needs should dictate your treatment - and not be decided by an insurance company.  Health Savings Accounts may be utilized for payment of Occupational Therapy services.  Please consult your benefits information to verify your coverage for OT services.

Can I submit for reimbursement from my insurance company on my own?

Yes, depending on your insurance provider.  Most private insurance companies (non-Medicare) have what are considered "out of network" benefits.  This often allows the client to submit paperwork for reimbursement of the fees they have already paid.  Reimbursement is typically limited to the amount paid that exceeds your co-pay.  Please contact me with any questions regarding your ability to submit for reimbursement from your insurance company directly.

How many treatment sessions will I need?
Every client is treated on an individual basis for their specific needs.  It is important to keep an open mind as true healing does not follow a set script.  In addition to professionally-provided hands-on treatment, you will be taught self-treatment techniques to continue myofascial healing outside of your sessions.   It is our goal to return you to a pain-free, functional lifestyle as quickly as possible.