What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release promotes body mechanics, self-care treatments, strength, and overall wellness. The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release approach applies sustained pressure to facial restrictions that form in the body. Myofascial Release is performed on skin with no lotions or oils in order to fully engage the connective tissue known as fascia. Extended light pressure allows the fascia to correct, relieve pain, and increase the mobility of muscles. Furthermore, countless patients search for myofascial treatments after losing flexibility, function following an injury, or if undergoing back, shoulder, hip, or virtually pain in any area containing soft tissue. Myofascial pain can have two leading sources triggered from the skeletal muscle or connective tissues that are likely caused by a tight fascia. Additionally, the pain can also be caused from a contraction of muscle fibers. This causes the contraction to inhibit blood flow to the affected structures consequently emphasizing the contraction process significantly unless treated.

Therefore, our goal for myofascial release is to be able to stretch and loosen the fascia and other contiguous structures in order to move freely. Our patient's motion becomes restored. Myofascial release can also complement to other treatments. Many of our patients who engage in myofascial release also benefit from other forms of nonsurgical care that aim to control pain and keep muscles and joints warm and loose. By targeting specific areas of the fascial system, our myofascial release can help prepare patients for more engaging forms of strengthening, while providing pain relief to patients with restricted flexibility and movement. Therefore, our patients are able to return to normal function movements.

What Is Fascia And Fascia Restrictions?

Fascia is a three-dimensional connective tissue that spreads from head to toe in a continuous web-like pattern without interruption. It helps support, stabilize, attach, and separate nerves, muscles, blood vessels, organs, and bone structures. In addition, fascia plays a vital role in the support and function of the bodies. It surrounds and connects to all structures. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. Moreover, it has the capacity to stretch and move without limitation. When one is exposed to physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, the fascia loses its elasticity. These circumstances can cause the fascia to bind down with each other, while resulting in a fascial restriction. Furthermore, this causes the restriction of the nerves, blood vessels, bones, and organs to apply up to 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.


Consequently, the changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of the body. Tests, such as MRI and CT scans, do not detect fascial restrictions and associated pains. Many patients suffering from fascial related pain or fascial restrictions are incorrectly diagnosed and sometimes are over medicated. Fascial restrictions can apply excessive pressure generating all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches, or restriction of motion. In the long run, it will be a determining factor in the ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.

Who Would Benefit From Myofascial Release

Those with:

  • Back pain

  • TMJ

  • Migraines

  • Sport injuries

  • Whiplash

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome

  • Pediatrics

  • Chronic Pain

  • Carpal Tunnel

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Neck Pain

  • Scoliosis

  • Sciatica

  • Adhesions

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Restricted Movement

  • Depression

About Tonia Esparza


Tonia Esparza was born in Rhode Island. In 2007, she found her way to the Rio Grande Valley after completing an Occupational Therapy Assistant Certificate program at Houston, Texas. Tonia has been practicing the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach since 2012. She received her massage therapy license in 2013. She has taken multiple John F. Barnes courses and trained in his treatment facilities to increase her understanding, awareness, and techniques.

As a licensed massage therapist, Tonia has been able to impact the lives of many individuals in the Rio Grande Valley. Reconnection Myofascial Release & Wellness LLC was formed with the GOAL of using the Myofascial Release Approach in order to help individuals recuperate their active and healthy lifestyle by relieving pain, tension, and stress.

What Our Clients Say

I met Tonia a couple of years ago as she was a client of mine. I apologized to her as I met with her because I had a horrible headache. She immediately popped out of her chair and came around the desk and put her hands on my temples for about 5 minutes. My headache went away. I knew then she could work miracles. I used to suffer from headaches daily. I have arthritis in my spine and degenerated disks in my neck. I used to see a neurologist and was on some really heavy medication daily. I knew I did not want to be on neuro meds for the rest of my life. I see Tonia once a week for myfascial release treatments. I am glad to report, I've been off of meds for approx a year now and do not suffer from my daily headaches anymore. I would and always do highly recommend Tonia to anyone I know.

- Janie Hernandez 12/14/2016

Locate Us

Tonia Esparza COTA, LMT MT 118746

Location: 632 Ed Carey Ste 500
Harlingen, TX 78550

Phone: (956) 367-3150

Email: tonia@reconnectionmfr.com

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