The clinical staff at Myofascial Physical Therapy has studied under John F. Barnes, internationally renowned Physical Therapist treating patients from around the world at his Sedona, AZ, and Paoli, PA, treatment facilities. Mr. Barnes’ approach to Myofascial Release is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Back Society as the most effective in the treatment of chronic pain.
Carl Patrnchak is a licensed Physical Therapist and Board Certified Orthotist. He is the founder of the Myofascial Physical Therapy. Carl received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University with a BA in Biology, Northwestern University Medical School, Programs in Physical Therapy and Northwestern’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthotics and Prosthetics. Carl and his identical twin brother were Defensive Co-Captains for the 1974-75 Northwestern Wildcat football team.
He has conducted orthopedic research at Northwestern University Department of Rehabilitation Engineering and worked with the team physicians and athletes for the Chicago Cubs and Bulls.
After moving to Rockford, he was the Director of Rehabilitation Services at OSF Healthcare Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford for 18 years.
Carl has over 30 years of experience helping to diagnose and successfully treat problems of the fascial system. By completing the necessary courses and hands on clinical requirements, Carl is considered an expert myofascial therapist by the John F. Barnes organization.
Austin Shearer graduated with high honors from Elgin Community College with an Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. While in college, he had experience in various physical therapy settings, and the opportunity to work alongside physical therapists at Rehab Care Kindred Hospital in Sycamore, Myofascial Physical Therapy in Rockford and SwedishAmerican Medical Center in Belvidere. During his clinical experience in the fall of 2014, here at Myofascial Physical Therapy, he discovered the effectiveness of Myofascial Release, and enjoyed his time working with the patients and staff. Austin has always been interested with how the body works, especially when it comes to the treatment of chronic pain and disabilities. He strives to help others and make a difference in the physical therapy field.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife, family and friends. He is on the worship team at his church, likes to play guitar, go on hikes, and work on cars and exercise. He hopes to continue his education by working towards his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and continuing to use Myofascial Release.
"It makes me feel wonderful! It has helped me more than any other treatment I’ve tried. It helps lower my anxiety when I have less pain, in a more natural way. Plus I take less medication."
- Sylvia M.
"For five years I had tried everything for a herniated disc; Physical therapy (at the hospital), water therapy, chiropractor, acupuncture, Reiki (Naturopath,) and yoga. Nothing helped. I couldn’t ride in the car because of the pain. My dynamic life became practically homebound. A friend who had back surgery and pain for 18 years and is now pain free inspired me to try Myofascial Physical Therapy. Now, I have resumed normal activities like gardening, hiking 10 miles in the Rockies and bike riding. I’m pain free and loving life again."
- Margo S.
"Myofascial Physical Therapy has really helped my neck movement."
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Hand sanitizer is available for patient use.
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