John F. Barnes Myofascial Release

Myofascial release (MFR), as taught by John F. Barnes, is a hands-on treatment in which gentle, sustained pressure is applied to the skin to treat tissue restrictions within the fascia, to safely and effectively reduce pain and increase movement.

Fascia is a type of connective tissue that runs from head to toe in a 3-dimensional web—it covers everything. Taking into account that everything is connected, we address the whole body to find the origins of your pain, while also acknowledging that there can be many layers to fascial restrictions.

Restrictions can form for many reasons:

  • Injury, surgery, inflammation, trauma (physical or emotional), repetitive movement patterns or habitual postures.

As a result, everyone is different in how many treatments they require or how long the process. Myofascial release can treat many conditions and types of pain. As a tissue that does not show up on any traditional medical scans, fascia can often be a culprit in those pains that won't go away or keep coming back with typical methods.

MFR is a mind-body process that helps you tune into your body's own wisdom, and release tension without force.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic floor issues can play a role in any gynaecological diagnosis, persistent back or hip pain, incontinence, infertility, sexual dysfunction, digestive issues and, as everything is connected through the fascial system, maybe even your headaches!

Pelvic floor symptoms can occur across the lifespan, and physiotherapy can also help with PMS, menopausal issues, during pregnancy to help with pain and prepare for birth, and for postpartum issues including diastasis recti, pelvic organ prolapse, bladder leakage, and general healing.

While the gamut of pelvic floor dysfunction is quite common, it is not just a 'normal' part of the aging process that you have to tolerate—there are conservative methods that can allow you to relieve your pain, regain control, and reclaim your life.

Physiotherapists must be specially trained in this area and appropriately rostered with the College of Physical Therapists of Ontario to conduct the internal assessment and treatment that is involved in pelvic floor rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy may be covered by your extended health care plan. 


WHAT TO EXPECT...

  • Initial assessments and follow-up treatments are 60 minutes long.
  • Upon assessment, we will go through your health history and presenting issue, and assess your strength, range of motion, and postural alignment.
  • Additionally, pelvic floor physiotherapy involves internal assessment and treatment vaginally and/or rectally to be able to appropriately address muscle strength and tone of the pelvic floor structures.
  • While we are addressing your primary concern, assessment and treatment is very holistic, so please bring shorts and a tank top so we can see and treat accordingly.
  • FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT please be sure to fill out the New Patient Intake Form