Myofascial Release

Myofascial Scar Release

February 15, 2010 · 2 Comments

  I just wanted to revisit the topic of scars and the concept of the treatment of scars.  As you may remember, a couple months ago there was a blog titled, “Scars”  which discussed the importance of assessing and treating scars, no matter how large or how small, once they are healed.  You can access my “Scars” blog at the following link:

We received a couple more comments about scar releases and they are listed below:

1. Submitted on 2009/12/18 at 1:29pm

Dear John,

   I have been dealing with the aftermath of my accident for 14 months now. I have scars from the initial facial surgery and neck fusion. Most recently I have new scars from revision facial surgery. I have a new scar in my naval where they withdrew fat to inject into my lips. Knowing what I know about the fascial web, I was still amaze at how a tiny incision in the naval could cause soreness all the way up to my ribs and down to the pubic bone. I could feel the fingers of tender fascia. I was also aware of the tiny restrictions created in my lip margins from the injections. As tiny as they are, they feel significant. All the scars have had an impact on my entire structure from head to toe and I believe my functional progress has been largely due to receiving MFR throughout the past 14 months. I have specifically requested scar releases as I believe as long as there is a tight scar it will pull any other work out of alignment. I hope the greater medical community will understand the importance of this work (especially scar releases) in achieving improved function.

Thank You
Joanne Richards PT

2. Submitted on 2009/12/18 at 12:47pm


I knew very little about “scar tissue” before attending Intensives and Healing Seminars you offer.

The first week a therapist did a psoas release on my right side of my abdomen near my old appendectomy scar. I would experience pain on my left side ribs, lats, and rhomboid! The fascial connection was obvious.
Later, when being treated intra-orally with a therapist’s finger in my nostril I could “feel” the scar tissue of an old sinus surgery. Then, through my palatine in the roof of my mouth to the scar tissue then down my dural tube through my hips and left knee (scars from surgeries again)and leg to my neuropathic foot. Afterwards, I regained more than 40% of the feeling in my left foot! Fascia is fascinating!

I have avoided multiple neck, spine, and hip surgeries and reversed scoliosis and stenosis today.

I can never thank you enough for your dedication and perseverance in developing your extraordinary form of manual therapy and authentic healing.

Happy Holidays!



3. Submitted on 2010/01/28 at 7:14am

Much is written about the ‘fight/flight response’ and its impact upon our neuroendocrine system, however the ‘freeze response’ seems to be completely ignored by the vast majority of therapists and other medical practitioners. When this natural response to an overwhelming traumatic event occurs as the instinctual optimal act of survival…and we survive the traumatic event, discharge of this enormous surge of energy within our system is paramount to release the trauma and free our systems to restore homeostasis. Seems this is beginning to become recognized in various therapies, especially bodywork/somatic type approaches. John, your Myofascial Release Approach appears to be one of the few which recognizes how this holding can create tremendous tensions within the entire body. Using Myofascial Release to ease into areas where that instinctual freeze response has become woven into the very tapestry of the entire human form, thus recreating enormous dysfunction…and allowing for discharge of energy as it naturally needs to express itself… is remarkable!
It moves the therapist/patient from the limitations of considering how trauma not only impacts upon the nervous system and allows access to profound healing of the subconscious mind as it shapes and holds our very form.

Sheila Walker


 As you can read from the above comments and how I mentioned in my blog about scars, do not underestimate even the tiniest scar, because if they are a source of a restriction, they too can cause significant symptoms. 



John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB is the President of the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and International Myofascial Release Seminars. For more information call 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425) or visit

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  •   Teresa Miller, PT // Mar 8th 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Dear John,

    I appreciated your comment about not underestimating any scar, even the tiniest scars. I had a laproscopy several years ago. The scars on the surface are tiny but the response I’ve had to Myofascial Release treatment has been profound. During one Myofascial Release session I experience 20 minutes of “thawing” in my body’s lower half. It was with this gentle treatment approach that my body could let go of the energy trapped from that surgery and other injuries to my pelvis. No other exercise or treatment could have created a opportunity for my body to release the tension and pain I had been experiencing.

    Thank you,

    Teresa Miller

  •   Anthony McMorran // Jun 16th 2010 at 11:34 am

    I have found that MFR work on my scars has helped me in unexpected ways. I have extensive scarring on my left forearm from a burn in childhood. Even though there was no pain or restriction in my arm, after receiving MFR work in the area I experienced a subtle response throughout my body in the form of shaking and emotional release. I believe this was a “thaw” of the freeze response. Afterwards I had enhanced body awareness, ease and well-being. As part of our self-protective mechanism we often dissociate during/after a trauma. MFR has helped me to integrate these “split-off” parts of myself.
    Thanks John for introducing me to the power of your MFR approach and teaching me that healing can come in unexpected ways.

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