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"Fascia is what holds us together. There are very few diseases that don't have a fascia component.  "  ---Fredrick Grinnel, cell biologist


MYO = muscle +   FASCIA = connective tissue. 

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a thin incredibly tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web.  It supports, protects, envelops and becomes part of the muscles, bones, nerves, organs, and blood vessels, from the largest structures right down to the cellular level.  There are a number of reasons why fascia restricts including anxiety, trauma, injuries, thwarted inflammatory responses and surgical procedures, which can add to the body's misalignment, creating vicious cycles of pain, tighteness and dysfunction.   

Who needs to be concerned?

Most people have unrecognized fascial restrictions and after a period of time, these restrictions may begin to affect the circulatory and lymphatic systems, musculature, nerves, osseous structures, and discs, resulting in what we commonly name “symptoms.”  Most people’s fascial restrictions go unnoticed prior to symptoms emerging because myofascial restrictions do not show on up on any of the standard tests, like x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, and blood work.

Microscopic view of fascia.
Image of person with fascia restrictions pulling thoroughout the body causing discomfort.

MFR to the Rescue!

At MFRWorks, we specialize in the John H. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach.   This graceful whole-body, hands-on therapy relieves the 'straight-jacket' of pressure and pain caused by fascia restrictions, in turn promoting authentic healing. 

The approach is a fusion of ancient wisdom and recently discovered scientific insights.  It consists of applying sustained pressure into restricted tissue without gliding on the surface of the skin.    By doing so the elastic, muscular and collagenous components of the soft tissue are engaged.  As the clock ticks, this friendly pressure facilitates the piezoelectric-phenomenon, which means it stimulates the tissue to create electricity;  giving it the energy to elongate. 


In order to achieve a permanent elongation, or “release”, MFR is applied based on the unique needs of the tissue— on upwards to 5-7 minutes.  Each MFR session is performed directly on the skin without oils or creams or machinery, to enable the therapist to sensitively listen under the skin, detecting fascia restrictions and applying the appropriate amount of pressure to facilitate a release, whether that be “light” or “deep.”  


Following a series of releases, as the restrictions melt, the tissue begins to rehydrate.  Rehydration brings the tissue back to life, so to speak!   

Conditions MFR Treats

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related.   MFR is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:  

*  Decreased Anxiety                *. Enhanced Sleep.                  *. Greater Energy

*  Improved Concentration      *. Increased Circulation          *  Reduced Fatigue

MFR can also help to specifically address a number of health issues:  

* Back Pain & Scoliosis

* Cervical Pain 

* Chronic Pain

* Carpel Tunnel

* Depression

* Expectant Mothers 

* Fibromyalgia

* Geriatrics

* Headaches 

* Head Trauma

* Hip Pain

* Joint Pain and Stiffness

* Lymph Flow

Image of fascia restrictions from head to toe, reflecting how the whole body can be affected.

* Medication Dependence

* Menstrual Issues

* Overuse injuries

* Postural Distortions

* Post Surgery Adhesions

* Rehabilitation

* Scoliosis

* Spasming and Cramping

* Sports Injuries

* Spiritual Healing


* Workout Recovery

* Wrinkle Reduction

The History- Key Pioneers

Sadly for hundreds of years, the fascia system has been under recognized.   Rather then studying it in depth, like the cardiovascular system, researchers merely pealed it away under the false assumption that it was just a covering or separating material.  Perhaps the lack of technological know-how prevented them from exploring how the fascia of a cadaver, might behave differently then the fascia of a living being?  


Gratefully, in 2005, a curious surgeon, Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau, changed all of this.   He used his advanced fiber-optic surgical tools, to peak inside living fascia.  Surprise!  It behaves much differently than previously assumed, launching the beginning of a gigantic paradigm shift.  As well as launching fascia into the headlines!.    

The videos below share the emerging knowledge, highlighting key pioneers in this field:  

Video 1:  John Harty PT, gives summary of John H Barnes approach, highlighting its crystalline nature. (5:20)

Video 2:  John H Barnes PT, explains what is happening at a cellular level during MFR session. (3:39)

Video 3:  Dana Sterling PT, creatively weaves together educational presentation on fascia. (11:57)

Video 4:  Ronelle Wood, author of Touching Light, adds commentary as Dr. Guimberteau takes a peak at living fascia.(14:56)

Video 5:  John H Barnes PT, gives scientific rational behind his technique.   (27:43)

Fascia & The Mystery of Chronic Pain | Dana Sterling | LIFE TALK

Fascia & The Mystery of Chronic Pain | Dana Sterling | LIFE TALK

From the Life 360 Health and Wellness Summit 2018 by Dana Sterling Founder of Sterling Structural Therapy To learn more click contact us to book your Free 45 minute Virtual Consult Sterling Structural Therapy (SST) is a new paradigm in chronic pain treatment. SST is the ONLY Fascia-based VIRTUAL therapy, that uses the principal of Chirality to correct systemic Myofascia imbalances, restoring movement, function and quality of life! Have you had your Myofascia system assessed? contact us, take the first step to changing your life! 602-908-7108 SST offers both Virtual and in person treatment programs Dana Sterling pioneered Sterling Structural Therapy, a revolutionary Fascia based, non-invasive method for the treatment of chronic pain and orthopedic conditions. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: • Fascia the hidden anatomical network • Chronic pain might not be just a musculoskeletal issue for more information on Sterling Method Virtual or In person intensive treatment programs please click: LIFE Talks from the 2018 LIFE 360 Summit share the latest science on wellness, longevity & living life to the fullest. Learn from health and wellness experts dedicated to helping people understand and unlock their body’s tremendous power, how new technology holds the secret to optimal wellness and to avoid risky surgery & prescriptions. ***at Sterling Structural Therapy, we think Ida Rolf and many other Fascia practitioners, have been doing BRILLIANT work for years!!! this presentation aims to educate the many people who have yet to "hear about Fascia" and to bring to light the new (roughly 10 years old) clinical laboratory research which is finally being done. Our hope is that Fascia will finally be more recognized by Allopathic medicine and added to standards of diagnostics and treatment.
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