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Strain-counterstrain being used to alleviate joint pain

Strain-counterstrain was originally developed in 1955 by an osteopathic physician named Lawrence Jones. It was originally called “positional release technique”. It is a gentle and non-traumatic technique for treating pain and dysfunction in the body. Strain-counterstrain is a manual therapy technique that uses passive body positioning of spasmed muscles and dysfunctional joints toward positions of comfort and ease. The purpose is to relax muscle spasm by shortening the offending structure, which allows the joints influenced by the these muscles to function optimally, increase range of motion and decrease pain.

Strain-counterstrain can be used to treat a variety of physical ailments and is appropriate for acute traumas, including sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, ankle sprains and post-surgical treatments. It can also be used for chronic pain issues as well, including osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, TMJ pain and headaches, because it treats the longstanding neuro-muscular problem associated with chronic pain issues. Often dramatic changes are seen with decreased pain, muscle guarding and reduced swelling. These changes can expedite the healing process and provide a more complete recovery. Because strain-counterstrain is so gentle, it is appropriate for fragile patients as well, including infants, pregnant women, elderly persons with osteoporosis, stress fractures and a variety of post-surgical pain. By diminishing muscle spasm, joint pain is also alleviated and function can be normalized.

Here at Excel, we have several therapists who are certified in the strain-counterstrain method from the Jones Institute. Please feel free to ask for more information on these techniques and your primary physical therapist can help you determine if this method of treatment would be appropriate for you and your injury or illness.