What is Fascia?

” Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a 3-dimensional web from head to feet without interruption. ”  All other body parts, such as the bones, muscles, organs, blood vessels and veins are enveloped by the fascia which “makes room”  for everything else. Fascia is as prevalent in our bodies as is the wax in a candle.

Trauma ( injury, surgery ), inflammatory responses ( injury, surgery, infection ), or habitual postures can create a binding down of fascia, resulting in myofascial restrictions as the fascia dehydrates. These restrictions can produce excessive pressure on nerves, blood vessels, muscles, bones and organs – ” pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch. “

” Since many of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc, do not show the fascial restrictions, it is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.”

The fascial restrictions causing the symptoms must be treated, NOT the symptoms. Treating only the symptoms does nothing to reduce/eliminate the ” straight-jacket ” effect of pressure caused by the restrictions. That is why so many people have short-lasting results and never seem to get better by using more traditional therapy. Medications only cover up the pain, allowing the fascial restrictions to persist and gradually worsen.

Check the video out below to see the actual tubules and microtubles of fascia just under the skin. Note how dynamic they can be, always ready to change and adapt to various forces applied to them; as well, note how delicate they appear.



Tensegrity…what is it? It is a critical feature of our body’s fasical system. It’s an intrinsic feature that makes facial tissue the amazing tissue it is. Without this characteristic feature this amazing tissue would be nothing.

Our body, unlike earlier notions of thought, are not like compression structures such as a multi story building wherein the integrity of the building lies within the compression forces beginning at the smaller elements at the top passing down to larger elements on the ground. Our skeleton is not a stack of bones, like a stack of checkers – a continuous compression structure – with the individual muscles hanging off each bone to move it. In the actual skeleton the bones float in a sea of soft-tissue…the fascia or connective tissue. It connects every part of us to every part of us…it’s global. It’s everywhere in our body and it is a tensegrity structure.

To gain a better understanding of the dynamic complexity of the myofascial tissue network please go to the video link below for a demonstration using a Tensegrity Model. Fascial continuity suggests that the myofascia acts like an adjustable tensegrity around the skeleton – a continuous inward pulling tensions network like the elastics, with the bones acting like the struts in the tensegrity model, pushing out against the restricting ‘rubber bands’.

More on Probiotics

Our previous post on this subject hopefully helped in understanding the difference between Prebiotics and Probiotics. Today’s post deals with the effectiveness of Probiotics and was the subject of the most recent Quirks and Quarks episode on CBC Radio One. Unfortunately but as usual, it seems, the marketing hype is well beyond the actual science in its declarations. Of special interest is the use of Probiotics after a short period of antibiotic medication. Hear the entire episode at the link below where you can also read the story.






(Carl Jung 1875-1961)

The mystery of healing is a process…not an event; embrace the journey!! Let the gentle, hands-on techniques of John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach help you solve your mysteries and facilitate your healing process.

Call 204-725-3301 for your appointment.

These are two terms that are commonly seen on store shelves these days. Although they sound similar, what are they and what is the difference? They are both supplements but are very different and have different roles in the digestive system (gut).

  • PREBIOTIC FIBER is a non-digestible part of foods like bananas, onions and garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, the skin of apples, chicory root, beans, and many others. Prebiotic fiber goes through the small intestine undigested and is fermented when it reaches the large colon.

This fermentation process feeds beneficial bacteria colonies (including probiotic bacteria) and helps to increase the number of desirable bacteria in our digestive systems that are associated with better health and reduced disease risk.

  • PROBIOTICS are live beneficial bacteria that are naturally created by the process of fermentation in foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, miso soup, kimchi, and others.

Probiotics are also available in pill form and as an added ingredient in products like yogurt and health drinks.

A helpful metaphor to understand the difference between a prebiotic and a probiotic may be a garden. You can add seeds—the probiotic bacteria—while the prebiotic fiber is the water and fertilizer that helps the seeds to grow and flourish.

Hopefully, this has given you some clarity regarding these two terms.

(Above information taken in large part from Prebiotin.com)



Research into concussions and their effects on the human brain and, subsequently, behaviour and function has become accelerated since Dr. Bennet Omalu discovered and named Cumulative Tramatic Encephalopathy (CTE) a football-related brain trauma in professional American football players. New evidence indicates the changes to the brain are not isolated to just the pros. Check this link out if you have  kids involved in sport where head hits are common.



We live in a very chemical environment. Chemicals are everywhere in today’s modern era and we are not only ingesting them in our foods and breathing them in with every breath we take. Some of these chemicals are absorbed through our skin…the largest organ in the body. So when you decide to have a long, relaxing, soothing, hot soak in the bathtub to take advantage of the therapeutic effects of hot water, you may be inadvertently exposing yourself to some unwanted, toxic substances if you are making it a bubble bath. This link takes you to an article that will give you the knowledge you need to make healthier, safer choices for your bubble-bath soaked body and, therefore, your well-being.






(Carl Jung 1875-1961)

The mystery of healing is a process…not an event; embrace the journey!! Let the gentle, hands-on techniques of John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach help you solve your mysteries and facilitate your healing process.

Call 204-725-3301 for your appointment.