Counterstrain Technique

The Counterstrain Technique is a manual therapy procedure that focuses on the alleviation of musculoskeletal and soft tissue discomfort. Originating from the field of osteopathy, it relies on passive body positioning for targeted relief. The practitioner identifies “tender points” in the patient’s body, positions the patient to alleviate distress at these points and maintains this position for approximately 90 seconds. This method facilitates rapid decrease in pain, inflammation, and muscle spasm.

Founded by Dr. Lawrence Jones in 1955, the technique primarily operates on the principle of reciprocal inhibition within motor neuron pools to reduce heightened neurological activity. It is beneficial for various conditions including fibromyalgia, chronic neck pain, post-surgical conditions and sports injuries. This non-invasive approach shows benefits particularly where traditional methods have failed or are contraindicated.

A unique aspect of Counterstrain Technique is its use of body positioning rather than manipulation or forceful intervention. A practitioner skilled in this technique can introduce significant improvements in a patient’s mobility and function while reducing pain perception, thus improving overall quality of life.

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