JJ is an expert level Myofascial Release therapist with 30 years experience as an Occupational Therapist and 12 years of intense study and practice of myofascial release techniques. She is regularly invited to assist
John Barnes with seminars where he teaches his unique and groundbreaking approach to therapists, physicians and other health professionals. You can see educational articles and updates on her Facebook page.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.
Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
*from John Barnes Myofascial Release patient information.
On your first visit you will have an evaluation to determine patterns of fascial restrictions in your body. You will have postural and tissue analysis and a thorough discussion of pertinent medical information and your wellness goals.
Treatment is highly individualized and completely hands on. Sessions last 60 minutes. Frequency of therapy is different for each individual but generally is more intense at the beginning of treatment and decreasing as clients improve and use self care more effectively.
From the very first visit clients are taught a variety of strategies for self treatment at home to relieve pain and increase activity tolerance and motions. This speeds up the healing process so that they can return as quickly as possible to an active and painfree lifestyle.