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FASCIA FAQ

What is fascia?

Fascia is a tough, web-like layer of connective tissue that surrounds everything in your body— from muscles and bones to nerves and organs. It connects your body parts in a continuous web from head to toe and from the outer skin to the deepest bones, providing support and flexibility.

 

Why is fascia important?

Fascia plays a crucial role in your body’s structure. It helps maintain posture, provides support and flexibility, and works in harmony with muscles and bones. By wrapping around every internal part, it ensures everything stays in its rightful place.

 

What can damage fascia?

Factors like trauma, repetitive stress, poor posture, and inflammation can lead to fascia becoming tight or restricted. This can cause excessive pressure on muscles, nerves, organs, and bones, leading to pain and reduced mobility.

 

How can I find out if my fascia is causing pain?

Standard medical imaging, such as X-rays or MRI scans, can’t show fascial restrictions. If you’re experiencing unexplained pain and reduced mobility after other conditions have been ruled out, it is time to consider your fascial system.

 

What sets the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach apart from other modalities?

The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach (JFBMFR) is unique because it views the body, mind, and spirit as interconnected. This holistic method not only addresses physical issues but also considers emotional and energetic factors, providing comprehensive support for optimal health.

 

How long have you been practicing Myofascial Release?

I’ve dedicated much of my career to studying fascia and have specialized in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach since 2018.

 

Why do you hold a stretch for so long during treatment?

Holding a stretch for an extended period is a key aspect of JFBMFR. This technique allows for the release of interleukin, a natural anti-inflammatory produced by the body, promoting healing. Each session is tailored to the individual, with stretches held for a minimum of 5 minutes, sometimes longer, to achieve the best results.

 

How often should I receive Myofascial Release treatment?

Finding the right frequency for John Barnes Myofascial Release (JFBMFR) is key to maximizing its benefits. While it’s difficult to overdo JFBMFR, not receiving enough treatment can slow your progress.

The frequency of sessions can be tailored to how quickly you want to achieve results. For those just starting, I recommend regular sessions several times a week, with once a week as a minimum. This can significantly enhance the body’s ability to release and heal at a deep level. Once you’ve reached your desired outcome, you can transition to a maintenance schedule, typically once a month, to sustain your progress and keep your body in optimal condition.

 

Is Myofascial Release compatible with other therapies?

Absolutely! Myofascial Release complements various therapies, such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, and even psychedelic therapy. It works on the fascia and the mind/body complex, enhancing overall results and contributing to more significant, lasting improvements.

 

What if I feel worse after a session?

Feeling worse temporarily can be part of the healing process, often referred to as a “healing crisis.” This is when the body starts to address deeper layers of restrictions, bringing up sensations and emotions. While it may be uncomfortable, this phase is usually brief and signifies deep healing.

 

What should I do during a healing crisis?

During a healing crisis, it’s important to support your body through self-treatment techniques we’ve discussed. Listening to your body and allowing yourself to fully experience any emerging feelings or sensations is key to moving through this phase effectively.

 

Can I refuse to revisit traumatic memories during treatment?

Your subconscious might be replaying these traumatic events without you even realizing it. While confronting these memories can be challenging, doing so in the safe environment of therapy allows for deep healing. Our approach doesn’t force these experiences but allows you to process and move through them at your own pace, aiming for resolution and peace.

 

Why do you treat my entire body instead of just where it hurts?

Fascial restrictions in one area can affect other parts of the body due to its interconnected nature. By treating the whole body, we address the root cause of your symptoms, not just the symptoms themselves, fostering true healing.

 

Is Myofascial Release beneficial before or after surgery?

Yes, treating the fascia both before and after surgery can enhance surgical outcomes and aid in a smoother recovery. It helps address scar tissue and compensatory patterns that may arise post-surgery, promoting better movement and reducing discomfort.

 

How can I support my healing process at home?

A regular self-treatment routine, including exercises and techniques discussed during your sessions, is crucial. Consistent practice complements in-clinic treatments and accelerates your healing journey.

 

How often should I use my self-treatment ball?

Daily use, even if just for a few minutes, can significantly impact your well-being. Regular use helps maintain the benefits of your sessions and supports ongoing fascial health.

 

What if I experience unwinding at home?

Unwinding is a natural, therapeutic response where the body releases pent-up trauma and tension. If this happens, acknowledge it as a positive step in your healing. Remember, you’re in control and can pause the process if it becomes too overwhelming.

 

How do I explain Myofascial Release to others?

Myofascial Release is a deeply personal experience, and outcomes vary. Share your journey and the changes you’ve noticed, but set realistic expectations. Each person’s path to healing is unique.

 

Do you incorporate Reiki or spiritual practices in your sessions?

My practice focuses on the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach and the process naturally encompasses energy work. However, I do not use specific religious or spiritual rituals; the somatic and energetic shifts occur as part of the body’s natural healing response.

 

Do you accept insurance?

After careful consideration, I have decided not to contract with insurance companies, meaning I operate as an “out-of-network” provider. I can provide a “superbill” (a detailed receipt of your appointment), which you can submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement.

This decision allows me to prioritize your needs without being restricted by insurance company policies.

It’s important to note that when using insurance, you often have to pay out-of-pocket until your deductible is met. Why not opt for the best care possible if you’re paying out-of-pocket regardless?

I believe in delivering value-based care, working for you, not an insurance company. We will determine the course of your treatment without limitations imposed by insurance coverage.

I will make care decisions based on your needs, not on reimbursement rates. If you’re willing to pay for massage, acupuncture, or a gym membership, why not invest in skilled, one-on-one, expert level care?

Consider the value of your quality of life. What would you pay to do what you love again, be pain-free, or feel “normal”?

My approach ensures efficient care without drawn-out appointments, waiting times, or assembly-line treatment. I offer a safe, private, one-on-one experience to help you regain your health and independence with lifelong skills.

I recognize that financial situations vary and do not want cost to deter you from receiving necessary care. If you face financial difficulties, I’m happy to explore options with you.

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