COUNTERSTRAIN

WHAT IS COUNTERSTRAIN?

Counterstrain was developed by Dr. Lawrence Jones DO, FAAO starting in 1955 and the technique continues to grow through the work of Randall Kusunose PT, OCS, JSCCI and Brian Tuckey PT, OCS, JSCCI. Today, Counterstrain has over 1,000 different techniques, named after specific anatomical structures. We use to alleviate dysfunction in the body’s deep fascia.

Fascia is simply connective tissue that surrounds all of our muscles, bones, internal organs, arteries, veins, and nerves and is the largest sensory organ in the body. Counterstain is necessary to treat not only the muscle fascia (myofascial), but all the fascia of the body. Additionally, this tissue can contract and spasm, and contains special receptors that sense movement and pain.

 When these receptors inflame when normal stresses that we experience in everyday life, trigger nocifensive and noci autonomic reflexes. Although originally protective in nature, these reflexes can cause long term problems if they don’t turn off.

Nocifensive Reflex: A muscle spasm that the body uses to protect inflamed or damaged tissue

Noci Autonomic Reflex: An autonomic response that results in nerve, artery, vein, respiratory, and digestive problems

During a Counterstrain treatment, our skilled and gentle technique turns off the nocifensive and noci autonomic reflexes by slackening the involved tissue which takes tension off the receptors, drains inflammation out of the area, and decreases pain.

In Fascial Counterstrain, the main tool we use to diagnose your problems is called the Cranial Scan. The cranial scan is a gentle,  assessment of all 22 bones of your head that tells us what to treat and where to treat .  Once a specific system or area of the body has been identified, we will find tender points in your muscles or on bone that identify the presence of dysfunction. In any case, our goal of each technique is to make the painful tender point not painful. Subsequently, our clinicians slacken the involved tissue through gentle body positioning and tissue gliding. Once the tender point is gone, holding that treatment position for a short amount of time is necessary before the clinician moves on to the next bad dysfunction and repeats…ultimately knocking out tender point after tender point.

Fascial Counterstrain now recognizes 6 fascial systems: Neural, Venous and Lymphatic, Arterial, Musculoskeletal, and Visceral. All things considered, when you experience symptoms, They are multi-system. Consequently, dysfunctions in multiple systems need to be address for you to experience complete pain relief.

The most common question we get asked, “How do these dysfunctions get started?”  in short, my answer is”

Causes of dysfunctions 

    • Trauma: falls, car accidents, childbirth, equally emotional traumas like deaths of loved ones, divorces, work or family stress
    • Poor posture causing postural strain
    • Repetitive strain such as; running, cycling, overhead athletes that are always swinging or throwing
    • Structural strain like leg length differences and flat feet
    • Inflammatory diseases such as Lyme and Crohn’s disease
    • Food sensitivities that lead to chronic pains

Effects of Counterstrain:

    • Decrease pain
    • Drains inflammation
    • Normalizes inappropriate reflexes
    • Increases mobility
    • Improves proprioception
    • Eliminates inhibition which improves strength
    • Improves function of the immune system
    • Creates an ideal healing environment

    “The osteopath who is well versed in the anatomy of the region, its blood supply, drainage, and the functioning processes of the nervous system… sees the cause which has produced this condition”


    — A.T. Still

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  • The office staff are very welcoming and the 2 therapists I've seen are excellent. I really like the strain/counter strain modality they use. I've experience a lot of physical therapy and my results are much better with this technique. They also make use of the BEMER technology for increased circulation/blood flow to support treatment results.

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    Elizabeth Pike
    5/28/2019

    Great place with cutting edge advanced techniques. Also not money hungry like some of clinics in town. See Andrea if you can. It's worth the wait.

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    Steve Wells
    1/02/2020

    Before I met Andrea, I was receiving counterstrain therapy at a different location. When that therapist retired, she recommended me to Andrea, and I haven't looked back! Nobody else has been able to so effectively treat my wide range of issues (everything from hypermobility to severe neck issues caused by a car crash) with such a friendly caring attitude! You can tell she truly cares about the health and well-being of all of her patients, and I highly recommend her to anybody seeking physical therapy or even pain relief from any issue. You won't regret it!

    I have been going to her for over five years now. Her style is to use strain and counterstrain techniques combined with strengthening exercises to best stabilize and strengthen your body. She listens to each of your concerns and can treat both the entire body and/or just a specific area. It is fascinating to feel the instantaneous relief as she works on me, and I always walk out the door feeling 10 times better than I walked in.

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    Shannon H
    10/04/2019
  • Got knee braces there in june 2017. They gave me good service.

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    Rob Engley
    12/28/2018

    Always courteous and friendly people. The staff has worked with me on various injuries - knee, hip, foot and low back. Because of their partnership, I remain very active and am getting stronger every day. A healing atmosphere with a fun vibe.

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    nicolette brant
    5/28/2019

    If in fact you have a fall, accident or other problem
    THIS IS THE PLACE TO GET HELP. I found Andrea Baker, Arch & Jesse to be excellent in their work & the ultimate professionals at all times. Strain and counterstrain technique was new to me. This treatment was very effective, they also gave me physical therapy exercises to do at home which helped the process of recovery. I would highly recommend this office for Physical Therapy. The environment was bright and cheerful & clean. Everyone made working on recovery a real good experience. Thank you for your help.

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    Rae Baker
    5/27/2019