strain-counterstrain therapy

strain-counterstrain therapy

Bodywork
A system of soft tissue manipulation developed by an American osteopath, Dr L Jones, which is intended to relieve pain.
In strain-counterstrain therapy, the practitioner identifies hypersensitive or painful zones (trigger points) in the muscle and connective tissue, which, when stimulated, refer the sensation of pain to another region in the body; once the trigger points are identified, the practitioner moves the body into a position that relieves the referred pain, and maintains the position for one to two minutes. The body is then placed in its original position and the trigger point pressed; in most cases, the referred pain has disappeared.
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After our initial visit, she expressed interest in trying acupuncture as well as strain-counterstrain therapy to help alleviate her symptoms.
Five months into treatment, once her body had had time to "brew" the nutrients that it needed to heal and "tune up," I started weekly hands-on treatment, which included strain-counterstrain therapy, acupuncture, cupping, hypnotherapy, and low level laser therapy to her joints.