John Barnes is threatening lawsuits against a number of vocal critics of him and his work. They are therapists who post on a number of PT and other sites, and a few of whom have shown up on John's own MFR Chatline in the past. I've followed this for years now, having been once a defender of John and his methods and going head to head with this main group of critics. You cannot sum up their views/criticisms as one voice, as there are differing viewpoints involved there. The chains of posts have, for the most part, been deleted due to the effects of the threatened lawsuit. The legal threats are still up and readable, so you can at least read one side of the debate.
http://blog.myphysicaltherapyspace.com/ ... qus_thread
As for the science that explains MFR, there is no firm path to take. For years the role of fascia and the benefits of this work were explained by the supposed physiological properties of the collagen and ground substance within the fascia and its ability to induce change in length via sustained pressure at the end barrier of the collagen. Newer models have come to light involving a neurobiological reasoning. Robert Shleip has done quite a bit of research on this and you can view this work and others on the Research page of my website:
I feel that much of the controversy surrounding these lawsuits, as well as the differing views on how MFR works involve the role that Barnes has given fascia with the holding and releasing of emotions in the context of the technique of MFR. This is truly the core of much of the controversy. Additionally, many of those involved with the threatened lawsuit have called Barnes MFR a cult. The passages on the blog that refer to this have been deleted, but one can find reference to the rationale for this if you do some digging at:
Walt Fritz, PT Pain Relief Center, Rochester, NYhttp://www.myofascialresource.com
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