Facilitating Healing Naturally with MFR -
Working with physics for pain relief
November 20, 2013
Here is a nutshell explanation of some of the principles that MFR is based upon, adapted from an article by John Barnes: Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Perspective—Keys to Improving Health Care Massage Magazine 2/4/2014
Piezoelectricity, mechanotransduction, phase transition, chaos theory and resonance are the key components in changing and improving health care as we know it.
Piezoelectricity is a Greek word that means electricity by pressure. It is well known that each of our cells is crystalline in nature. When you place pressure into a crystal, it creates an electrical flow. The sustained pressure of my approach to myofascial release coupled with the time element (five minutes or longer per restriction) creates a bioelectrical flow in our bodies; in other words, the motion of our mind, which leads into mechanotransduction.
Mechanotransduction, or sustained mechanical pressure, can also create biochemical changes within our bodies. It is important to note myofascial release produces interleukin 8, our bodies' natural anti- inflammatory agent.
Research has shown inflammation is an important part of the healing process; however, when inflammation has been thwarted (using drugs, injections, etc. – TBG), it tends to solidify the ground substance of the fascial system, which should be fluid. This then blocks healing, and over time tends to continue to solidify into crushing restrictions that produce symptoms many of your clients come to you for treatment. It is no longer enough to just treat the effects or symptoms anymore (traditional therapy).
These two occurrences, piezoelectricity and mechanotransduction, dovetail and then phase transition takes place. This is the phenomenon of ice transforming into water. In our bodies, a similar occurrence happens. The solidification of the ground substance becomes more fluid, allowing tissue to rehydrate and glide, taking crushing pressure off pain-sensitive structures.
Everything in traditional medicine and therapy insisted upon order and control. However, true growth and healing cannot occur in a controlled, orderly way.
Systems theory states that nature goes through continuous periods of order and chaos. It is in the chaotic phase that reorganization occurs. Then, the system returns to a higher level of order.
It appears that for phase transition to occur, there is a period of chaos for ice to transform into water—or in our body/mind for the solidified ground substance of the fascial system to transform into a more viscous/fluid state.
When one human touches another human, their vibratory rates are quite different on a molecular level. However, with sustained pressure at the fascial restriction, the vibratory rates will become identical creating resonance. Resonance is the very essence of my approach to myofascial release. This is what I call a release.
Release occurs both in the cranial area and throughout the body. Resonance, unfortunately, does not occur in other forms of therapy due to the sheer fact these other therapies are too quick, hence providing only temporary results.
This is why it is important to learn the art of locating fascial restrictions, which are unique to each individual. Combine this with sustained pressure of five minutes or longer and you will facilitate profound and lasting results.
Recommended Reading on Mind/Body Healing:
The Biology of Belief: the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles by Bruce H. Lipton
Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert
The Field by Lynne McTaggart
Healing Ancient Wounds: the Renegade’s Wisdom by John F. Barnes
Healing Through Chronic Pain by Dr. Mary Ruth Velicki
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