MFR Self-Treatment for the Hamstring á la the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach™

The Secrets of Real Stretching: Why holding for 30 seconds is a waste of time if you’re looking for lasting relief from tightness and pain…

This video is designed to model MFR self-treatment best practices by holding gentle, sustained pressure for 5-7 minutes. Any shorter timeframe is like stretching a rubber band, the tissue springs back and the pain returns. If you’re looking for effective and lasting relief from symptoms, apply the principles of the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach™ as outlined in this video. (This video is intended to be a guided practical demonstration, not a presentation.) For optimal results use a partially deflated 4″ myofascial release therapy ball available from in the ‘store’ section or a similar-sized flexible ball. Tennis balls, softballs, baseballs and spiky massage balls are all too hard and are likely to bruise or injure. Anything that is too forceful, aggressive or causes us to brace, actually works against the body and leads to further tightness, pain and a greater risk of injury. Remember, 5 minutes or more per release is essential as the amount of natural anti-inflammatory production doubles at this point and the gentle pressure enables muscle memory to reset. If you have any questions please comment below or contact us via our website

The world-renowned John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach™ offers a revolutionary treatment for pain, injuries and tightness. Physiotherapist John F. Barnes PT has uncovered the cause of most pain and dysfunction that is invisible to standard medical tests, and has trained over 75,000 health professionals in North America. This whole-body, hands-on approach enables the body to naturally self correct, unwind, and authentically heal by releasing the liquid-crystalline tissue matrix that surrounds every cell. Backed by scientific research and years of clinical experience, the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach™ can create long lasting results for even the most complex cases where surgery, medication and other conventional modalities have been ineffective.

Perth Myofascial Release is the only clinic in Australia to offer this approach exclusively and hosts the nation’s most highly qualified therapists. In contrast to other forms of myofascial release which are variations of deep-tissue massage, the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach™ is the only approach that treats the ‘fascia’ in myofascial release and allows for an authentic release of the elasto-collagenous soft-tissue complex. Research has shown that the collagenous portion of fascia does not fully release except under gentle pressure that is sustained for 5 minutes or longer. Any shorter timeframe or anything forceful (such as foam rolling and traditional stretching) is only releasing the elastin (approximately 20% of the tissue) and yields temporary results. If your therapist has not been trained by the founder of myofascial release, John F. Barnes PT, then as well-intentioned as it may be, the treatment is not a true release of the fascia. We invite you to experience the difference…

*The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach™ trademark is owned by Rehabilitation Services Inc. and Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and Seminars in Malvern, PA. We are passionate promoters of their work because of the results we see in our clients and the hope it offers anyone in pain, from newborn babies to elite athletes. For more information please visit

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