John F. Barnes approach to Myofascial Release

The uniquely qualified and JFB trained therapists at Quantum Healing Arts can help treat the following symptoms for Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Syndromes:

  • Coccygeal Pain

  • Episiotomy Scars

  • Vulvodynia

  • Dyspareunia

  • Mastectomy Pain

  • Lymphedema

  • Prostatitis

  • Pelvic Floor Pain and Dysfunction

  • Menstrual Problems

  • Urinary Incontinence, Urgency and /or Frequency

  • Infertility Problems

  • Endometriosis

  • Interstitial cystitis

  • Prostatodynia, Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome(CPPS)

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a highly effective, manual therapy technique that focuses on the entire fascial system.  Using gentle, sustained pressure to the fascia (connective tissue) MFR releases  the “straightjacket” effect of tissue that compresses vital systems and restricts motion, thereby helping to relieve pain and get back movement.

Myofascial Release adds an important dimension to women’s health and Pelvic Floor Syndromes by addressing pelvic dysfunction.   Over time, the pelvic floor muscles and other muscles within the pelvis and abdomen often tighten in reaction to pain, resulting in a weakening of these structures and limiting their ability to function properly.  Left untreated, this pain cycle increases in intensity and duration and begins to affect your overall health and well being.  Internal manual therapy, utilizing MFR techniques and movement therapy, provides a non-surgical alternative that not only treats the symptoms but uncovers the cause of the symptoms as well. By treating you individually (no one size fits all here) and identifying the structural imbalances within your fascial system, long term changes can occur, allowing you to go about your day without worrying about where the bathroom is or if your pain is going to flare into another sick day off of work.


I had been diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain. My symptoms included a burning pain in the penis and a tight knot-like feeling at the base of my testicles. In addition I had been noticing less sensation and slight erectile difficulties. On my first appointment Melissa explained everything very thoroughly and made me feel very comfortable and at ease given the area being worked on. Since working with her my symptoms have been greatly reduced with significantly less flare-ups and the tightness has since dissipated. I have noticed that her work has also helped to enhance the sensation in that area and improve the quality and strength of my erections. So all is going very good these days and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone experiencing the same type symptoms. I would urge the guys out there with these symptoms to overcome their apprehension and seek out help....Melissa has definitely made an improvement in the quality of life for me with her specialized type work. I greatly appreciate it.
— Steve - St. Louis, Mo

I went from doctor to doctor trying to figure out why I had continual pain after my hysterectomy. Even everyday activities like going up the stairs and walking were becoming painful. I was prescribed muscle relaxers, Lyrica and even drugs for depression. After some research on the subject, I heard about pelvic floor myofascial release and that is when I called Melissa Russell.

After working with Melissa, I am almost symptom free! I am now exercising daily and even doing some strength training. I have learned to listen to my body and relax the pelvic floor muscles thus ending the vicious cycle of pain that so plagued me for 4 years. I now see Melissa once a quarter to stay on track.
— Andrea Keller - St. Louis, MO

“I came to see Melissa Russell at Quantum Healing Arts for pelvic floor therapy after what I found to be a painful and frustrating journey of physical therapy and various procedures that did not relieve my intense pelvic floor symptoms including constant muscle spasms and the inability to stand up straight without pain. We worked together for 3 hours a day for 3 days as i was driving in from out of town. Wow! Absolutely Amazed! After my therapy I could stand upright from a sitting position and walk, all WITHOUT PAIN! This is a miracle for me! I always had an increase in my pelvic pain while standing. I had to stretch my hips forward before I could walk or walk bent over for about forty feet. I had been sleeping in a tight ball because of pelvic pain but now i can sleep with my legs flat on the bed without pain! Amazing! I can lay flat on the table for my treatments. This is all new! I want people to know of this option who have maybe hit a wall in recovery. I can testify that this works!”

Kathy Kreitler, Ste Genevieve, Mo


“If you are reading these testimonials you are taking the same first step I took in making an appointment with Melissa.  As a physical therapist it was reassuring to see other medical professionals who have had much success with Melissa and the staff at Quantum Healing Arts.  I came to Melissa after a lengthy diagnosis period and subsequent surgery for a hip condition.  I had long standing groin/pelvic pain that had drastically effected my quality of life. 

As someone who has been through the traditional medical model I understand the frustrations that can come about in your journey.   From other providers you may have been told I don't think you can be helped, you may have been just given medication, and you may have tried traditional physical therapy as I had. 

I can 100 percent say working with Melissa and the staff at Quantum Healing Arts has been absolutely vital in my quest to regain as much quality of life as possible.  I truly believe the work they do helps on two fronts.  First, the manual treatment itself is helpful in relieving the myofascial restrictions that are present.  And secondly, the manual treatment has helped me get much more out of my at home treatment and exercises.  As someone who can relate I know it definitely can be a journey, but I am extremely grateful to have the help from Quantum Healing Arts.”

-Paul Spadone, St Louis, Mo