Myofascial Release Massage

Birmingham, AL

At Alternative Pain Management we offer the Myofascial Release technique developed by John F. Barnes, PT.

Myofascial Release is a gentle but highly effective hands-on therapy used to address restrictions within the fascial system.

The fascial system is a network of connective tissue (fascia) that encases, separates and connects all of the structures in the human body down to the cellular level.

Poor posture, repetitive motions, surgical procedures and physical trauma all put undue stress upon the fascial system. As a result the connective tissue or fascia begins to solidify and shorten which can place tensile pressures of up to 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive areas; causing pain, discomfort and limited mobility.

Myofascial Release has gained tremendous support within the medical community over the years because it produces consistent and lasting results.

Since Myofascial Release uses very minimal pressure, it is one of the safest massage modalities and is one of the most preferred techniques among those who suffer from chronic pain, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial Release also helps with the following ailments:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Poor Posture
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Sports Injuries
  • Painful scars
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Jaw Pain (TMJ dysfunction)
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica

Have a question regarding Myofascial Release? Contact us for more information. 

Schedule your Myofascial Release session online.


How to prepare for your Myofascial Release session.

  • Avoid putting on any makeup or moisturizers before your session.
    • Any excess oil on the skin makes it difficult for the therapist to effectively release fascial restrictions.
  • Avoid consuming coffee or energy drinks before your session.
    • If you are wired from a double shot esspresso, you won’t be able to relax.
  • Drink plenty of water before and after your session
    • Actually, drink plenty of water all of the time; it’s good for you!

What to wear.

During a Myofascial Release session you do not need to get undressed like you would for a Swedish or relaxation massage. For this particular technique, it is suggested that you wear running shorts or swim trunks and a sports bra, swimsuit top or tank top to your session.