What is the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach?

Are you frustrated with temporary results?

At MFR Australia, our purpose is to show you an effective way to remove long-standing pain and tightness. Our belief is that everyone has the right to be active and healthy. We treat people looking to significantly reduce pain/tightness and increase flexibility. MFR Australia will open your eyes to the most highly effective form of therapy. The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach™ is a hands-on treatment that can be applied to anywhere on the body to address pain, tightness and tension.

“Had a session at the clinic today (with Sheldon). Loosens up the connective tissue around muscles and joints. Really loosened up my back, tight calves and ITB. Best my legs have felt in ages.”

David Beard – Chairman (WA) Exercise and Sports Science Australia

Soft Tissue Injuries

The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach™

“One of the most significant contributions to healthcare in the last 100 years”

The American Back Society

The American Back Society credits physiotherapist, John F. Barnes, with one of the most significant contributions to healthcare in the last century for his understanding of the fascial system, muscle memory and chronic pain. He has been the featured speaker at the American Back Society’s Symposium for over 25 years and has trained over 100,000 doctors, surgeons, physiotherapists, massage therapist, chiropractors and osteopaths in North America over the past 40 years. This approach is also featured in the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s Textbook on Pain Medicine. Barnes’ approach fills the gaps between other modalities such as physiotherapy, chiropractic and massage. While these treatments are effective in treating 20% of our soft tissue – the muscular and osseous structures, they don’t fully address the fascia. The fascia, the other 80% of the soft tissue requires around 5-7 minutes of gentle, sustained pressure for a full release to occur. By following this innovative approach we are able to address both the muscles and fascia so as to enable a complete release to occur. John has two major clinics in the USA where he treats patients from all over the world for whom traditional methods have failed to produce the desired treatment outcomes. His low load over a long time rationale has been clinically beneficial for over 40 years and scientific literature is now validating his approach. You can listen to John discuss how he developed this approach in his video:  


“I was suffering with a very painful lower back and I did not want to keep taking pain relief, my sister suggested I see Sheldon. I was very pleased with the results after just one visit, I am now pain free.

Delphine Paatsch – Nurse, Clayfield

“I had never heard of Myofascial Release until I met Sheldon and was a little sceptical about the treatment beforehand. But afterwards I actually couldn’t believe the difference. I regularly go to a chiropractor and yoga but I still had a constantly sore neck – associated with too much computer time. But after the Myofascial technique, my neck stopped aching, it stopped clicking everytime I turned it and felt much better for weeks!”

Kristen Ottoway – Inspired Living Events

“When I first saw Sheldon I was suffering severe neck and shoulder tightness/discomfort that was not being resolved through usual treatment from a physio/osteo/chiro. Sheldon has great knowledge of the body and what the underlying cause of pain is and how best to treat it (including self treatment), and I felt significant improvement within 2 -3 visits and would encourage anyone with any health issues to see Sheldon”

Benn Proctor – Office Worker

The Importance of Healthy Fascia

The fascial system, the body’s fluid system (the human body is up to 70% water), is in fact the body’s meta-system – it surrounds and infuses every other system, every muscle, every bone, every blood vessel, every nerve and every cell in the body. As well, it is also the body’s primary communication system as it facilitates cell-to-cell communication. The fascial system is in the state of liquid crystalline (gel) – this is known as the fourth phase of water as it the state of matter between a liquid and solid. Healthy fascia is extremely soft and has a tensile strength of up to 7,000 pounds per square inch. However, When our body is tight and in pain it is indicative of tight fascia. Whether it be trauma, injury, repetitive movement or simply sitting at a desk all day, our fascia solidifies, weakens and can apply a tensile force of up to 2,000 pounds per square inch (Katake, K. The strength for tension and bursting of human fasciae, J. Kyoto Pref. Med. Univ., 1969: 484-488, 1961) on pain sensitive structures. It is only by applying sustained pressure for an extended period does the tissue release completely and return to its natural fluid gel-like state. Fascial restrictions do not show up on standard tests such as X-Rays, MRIs and CAT scans and may well be the cause of your pain.   Dr Carol Davis, a 50 year veteran of physical therapy, lecturer from the University of Miami and a fascia researcher explains in this video, in exciting detail, the importance of treating fascia using The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach™:

The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach™ is the only form of therapy known to address all elements of the connective tissue and the results speak for themselves. If you would like to find out if this approach could work for you, please call our clinic, MFR Australia, on 0421 636 319 and ask for Sheldon.

“My first MFR session was wonderful – While applying lots of supportive pressure and movement, I also felt deep relaxation through the parts of me that were holding tension and stress. My shoulders, neck and jaw feel lighter after just one session. Thank you Sheldon!”

Jenna Ward – Kinesiologist + Embodiment Coach


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Conditions We Treat:


  •   Soft Tissue Injuries
  •   Chronic Pain
  •   Back Pain
  •   Low Back Pain
  •   Sciatica
  •   TMJ / Jaw Pain
  •   Neck Pain
  •   Whiplash
  •   Pelvic Pain
  •   Sports Injuries
  •   Car Accidents
  •   Headaches
  •   Coccyx Pain
  •   Migraines
  •   Scars
  •   Trauma

  •   Fibromyalgia
  •   Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  •   Repetitive Strain Injury
  •   Trigeminal Neuralgia
  •   Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  •   Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  •   Tennis Elbow
  •   Meniere’s Disease
  •   Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  •   Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  •   Scoliosis
  •   Tinnitus
  •   Adhesions
  •   Endometriosis
  •   Vertigo