Myofascial Release is a Faster Way for Postoperative Recovery

Recovery spelled in Scrabble letters

Can recovery from postoperative procedures be better and quicker?


For many kinds of surgeries, planned or unplanned.

On average, clients of mine that were post-op,

  • struggled with their recovery and their results.
  • Weren’t getting back to a more normal lifestyle and others found they’d plateau in their progress.
  • Deal with their doc saying, “Well, this will have to be your new norm.”

Thankfully for them, they looked elsewhere for help. Eventually finding James River MFR and Myofascial Release(MFR), we changed that scenario for them.

I’ll note a few success stories…

….Elbow Repair Surgery…

I had one client with about a 6 month old elbow repair surgery. They were struggling with their recovery, making little gain in opening their elbow completely and even less gain being able to close it completely. Couldn’t close their elbow to less than 90 degrees. This was over 5 months of recovery therapies before they saw me, they couldn’t gain more than a few degrees range of motion(ROM) in their elbow joint. And their elbow was in this constant bent state which created more strain in her shoulder/neck space. Within our first MFR treatment, they found they could completely open their arm. By the 3rd and 4th treatment, they were able to almost close their arm, a distinct gain of 45 degrees. From our first session to our 4th was within a month’s time frame. This versus 5 months of minimal progress.

…..Partial Knee Replacement….

Another client who knew me prior to their operation, employed me along with their other recovery therapies. They had a partial knee replacement, with a couple of large restrictive scars limiting their knee’s ability to fully flex/close. Essentially the couldn’t touch their heel to their bum. Not even close. Their knee could only close to about a 90 degree bend. Again, their prior results were not so great till they introduced Myofascial Release into their treatment program. By the end of our 6th MFR treatment, their knee was nearly touching their bum, making a gain of 35 degrees. After each treatment, their therapists were amazed at the additional ROM they gained.


A C-section client of mine expired her insurance coverage on her recovery therapies trying to help her with her low back pain, a common complaint with many c-section clients I’ve helped. Coming to James River MFR 5 years after her C-section, she finally found relief to her back pain issues along with additional benefits. One never knows what gets restricted under the tension and stress of scar tissue. In her case, she found relief with her bladder incontinence, acid reflux, and sciatica. These were all symptoms that manifested not too long after her C-section.

Surgery and recovery put additional stress on your body, on top of whatever life has to give or throw at you.

How are these successes possible?

Bandaged up, recovering teddy bear
I need MFR please.

This all revolves around our connective tissue, also known as fascia, and Myofascial Release. To an extent, there is awareness to free up fascial adhesions, or also known as myofascial restrictions, that can occur from postoperative procedures. However, the methods to do this create mediocre results at best. Many the time individuals can regress in mobility post-op. The restrictiveness of the scar tissue is significant upon the fascial system.

Myofascial restrictions can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures.

Photo of living, spiderweb-like fascia

Fascia is a whole body system that runs from head to toe inside of us. Visually, it’s like a 3 dimensional spider web. It is connected with every function inside us and every movement we do. Healing and recovery being functions within our fascia. So when fascia is injured, it loses its ability to remain fluid and flexible. It loses space. Its function to heal can be hindered. Problems then arise with ROM and/or pain.

Essentially, when tight restrictive fascia is restored to a more fluid, flexible and spacious state….. healing quickens, ROM is gained, and pain lessens or resolves. This is where Myofascial Release comes into play.

Myofascial Release Whaaa?

Myofascial Release is a holistic perspective and method that works with our fascial system. There are many types of MFR out there so I wish to specify….. John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. A JFBMFR trained therapist takes into account how fascial tension in the body plays a role in each clients’ issue(s). When areas of restrictive tissue are felt, the therapist employs a sustained, gentle amount of pressure to the restriction and waits patiently for 5 minutes or longer. Upon which the restriction begins to melt and release giving the client renewed freedom and ease. Click to learn more about John and MFR.

Because of the gentleness of Barnes Myofascial Release, treatments can begin as early as the 1st day of post-op. We don’t directly manipulate the recovering area, but can work regionally. Remember that fascia runs from head to toe, so freeing up fascial restrictions within your head-to-toe fascial web opens up the whole system to allow for easier and quicker recovery at the local level.

Myofascial Release has helped many of my clients with their post-op recoveries. Heh, including ones that date back 30 years+. Yes, long time old scar tissue can still be affecting you. Get them addressed. Young and old so you can stay active, mobile and healthy!!

3 teddy bears being more active and mobile!
Teddy Bears Are Back To Being Active, Mobile, and Happy!

Seek out your local John F. Barnes Myofascial Release therapist to gain a new normal and ease in your life.

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If you live in Richmond, VA or the surrounding central Virginia area you can see me at James River Myofascial Release to schedule a Myofascial Release treatment.