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.  Gentle mechanical pressure allows the fascial tubules to re-hydrate, release and re-align 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.  

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

Physical Therapist John F. Barnes has developed this safe, gentle and comprehensive approach to the entire human body.  His expertise in the field of MFR is unparalleled.  Find out more at

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?

  • Health Savings Account debit cards are accepted.
  • Reimbursement of your payments may be possible through some insurance providers as an out of network benefit.  
  • Align Therapeutics does not work directly with any insurance companies at this time.

How many treatment sessions will I need?
It is our goal to return you to a pain-free, functional lifestyle as quickly as possible.  We work together to establish what your specific needs are with regard to treatment frequency.