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Learn about the fascia and what it looks like:

Why MFR is unique: John Barnes’s Myofascial Release therapy is a completely safe, extremely effective manual therapy that stretches and hydrates muscles (myo) and the connective tissue (FASCIA) in order to eliminate the causes of pain and restriction. It has helped innumerable people around the world to permanently relieve symptoms traditional medicine could do nothing about.

The connective tissue also known as FASCIA creates the scaffolding for all of our body’s organs, nerves, blood vessels, and muscle cells. It remembers the shape of our body via tissue memory so that despite constant movement our body remains the same. With trauma, injury, repetitive hurtful movement, and posture the tissue memory can become distorted, however. Chronic tightness and inflammation develops, ultimately leading to pain and loss of function. Skilled MFR practitioner helps return fascia to correct alignment and release distortions from the tissue memory so that we can return to a pain-free life and regain ease of function.

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After my doctor recommended hip replacement surgery, I decided first to try physical therapy to see if it could help strengthen my hip. I had accepted the hip pain and wasn’t expecting much improvement there. My daughter recommended MFR therapy and it turned out to be a godsend. Not only has my flexibility improved, along with my posture and walking but the chronic hip pain also subsided. Monika is an excellent therapist and a compassionate healer. While I may still do the surgery, I am healthier and prepared for it. My therapy sessions with Monika have improved my Life and I am very grateful
Kristi L’Amoreaux

Conditions we help

   Conditions we help:

  • Chronic pain and reduced mobility

  • Neck/ shoulder/ back/ hip pain and chronic stiffness

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Insomnia, restlessness, anxiety

  • PTSD

  • Whiplash

  • Sciatica

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Jaw pain and restriction (TMJD)

  • Women’s Health: pregnancy recovery, C- section scar tissue, endometriosis, organ prolapse, vulvodynia

  • Incontinence and urgency

  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue

  • Scar tissue reduction

  • Post-surgical recovery

  • Post-accident and trauma recovery (auto, work, sports injury)


Monika Szumilak, founder and owner of Freedom Therapy MFR, is an Expert Level Myofascial Release therapist in Tucson, AZ and online.

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