Once upon a time, I belonged to an amateur athletic team that meant a lot to me--in addition to the joy of athletics, the members of the team were my friends and confidants.
Then our coach became deeply invested the woo in John F. Barnes' myofascial release therapy and John E. Upledger's craniosacral therapy, to the point that team members were required to have a certain number of hours of treatment per month, from approved practitioners, to stay on the team.
I quit the team.
Jason Silvernail, writing at MyPhysicalTherapySpace has written a series debunking the Barnes approach to myofascial release (JFB-MFR). The general tone?
This is just another example of the kind of "theory" behind the John F.
Barnes Myofascial Release approach. More physical impossibilities and
blatant ignorance rolled up with marketing and designed to prey on
those in pain.
Isn't it time to stop the madness?
Everyone should realize that the foundation laid by energy healing, repressed memories in the tissue, the misunderstanding of quantum mechanics, and a good dose of postmodern thinking leads directly to all sorts of outlandish claims in the world of [John F. Barnes and Myofascial Release]
Hopefully we can all see why the therapy culture in general and the theories and treatments we teach, promote, and research need firm foundations in science. While there is relatively little outright quackery in the physical therapy world, JFB-MFR appears to be a notable exception to that trend - one worth addressing with our peers, patients, and colleagues.
Examples of woo claims:
List of things reported on the MFR listserv that JFB-MFR is responsible for or concepts that are key to JFB-MFR:
I found the myofascial release series from this post at ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy blog.
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