Myofascial release can enhance everything you do. It represents the “missing link” in health care, and is highly effective in reducing pain, headaches, symptoms of fibromyalgia and restoring function—but there is much more.

I hope you will find Peter’s fascinating experience inspiring.


Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Authentic Healing, MASSAGE Magazine

Peter’s story:

“I wanted to share something interesting with you. Last night my son, Adam, broke his clavicle during a karate class. I took him to the emergency room, he got an X-ray, was given a sling and medication, and was told he will heal in a couple of weeks but his clavicle will stay deformed. So after we went home, I did some MFR for his neck and shoulder with very gentle touch and off-body work. He felt much better. His pain went significantly down. He slept well, and the next day we decided to see an orthopedist and re X-ray his shoulder. According to


Next day

Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Authentic Healing, MASSAGE Magazine

the doctor, he couldn’t explain why his bone was reset in as little as 16 hours and said that sometimes ‘nature takes its course.’ Talking about researching MFR, it proves that it’s hard to research the power of nature. It proves only what John teaches that we may not have research, but we definitely have results.

Please take a second to look at the X-rays to compare them.

P.S. Adam is doing just fine. He has no pain, and attempted to play basketball today.”

Peter is a myofascial therapist with a practice in Phoenix, Arizona. (Complete Physical Therapy, 4110 N 108 Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85037. Phone: (623) 877-9915; website,; e-mail:

Myofascial release frees structural restrictions while enhancing the electromagnetic field that flows through our structure.

Another myofascial therapist in Ohio, Dru Pape, wanted to share her myofascial release experience. Here is Dru’s story:

“Peter’s pictures are worth a thousand words … AMAZING! Had a similar experience with my ankle in December 2000; slipped in deep Chicago snow and felt/heard a snap. [I] could feel it as I tried to walk; sickening. ER X-ray showed a break (Friday evening). [I was] sent home with an air splint and crutches [un]til I could see the orthopedist on Monday. My niece assisted me to allow it to unwind via myofascial release over the weekend. [The] orthopedist X-rayed [it] on Monday and ‘did not find evidence of a break.’ Imagine my surprise! I wish I had felt free to request the sets of film. MFR is so much more than we can fully know or understand at present. John’s work is changing everything about true health care … and one day, science will revere his work and remember his name. Thank you, John, for the gift!”

These experiences are beyond words. This is the extraordinary dimension of healing of which myofascial release is capable. This is why I and 75,000 other myofascial release therapists call myofascial release “authentic healing.”



John Barnes, MASSAGE MagazineJohn F. Barnes, P.T., L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B., is an international lecturer, author, and acknowledged expert in the area of myofascial release. He has instructed more than 50,000 therapists worldwide in his myofascial release approach, and he is the author of Myofascial Release: The Search for Excellence (Rehabilitation Services Inc., 1990) and Healing Ancient Wounds: The Renegade’s Wisdom (Myofascial Release Treatment Centers & Seminars, 2000). He is on the counsel of Advisors of the American Back Society; he is also on MASSAGE Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board; and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. For more information, visit

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