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Strain/Counterstrain (also known as Positional Release Therapy) is a manual therapy technique used to treat muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and dysfunction. The technique involves the passive positioning of the patient's body into a position of comfort or ease, which helps to reduce tension and pain in the affected muscles and joints.

During a Strain/Counterstrain treatment session, the therapist uses their hands to gently move the patient's body into a position of reduced strain or tension. This may involve stretching or compressing the affected muscles or joints. The patient is then asked to hold this position for a short period of time while the therapist monitors their response.

Strain/Counterstrain is used to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Muscle pain and tension

  • Joint stiffness and restricted range of motion

  • Headaches

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Sports injuries

The technique is generally considered safe and non-invasive, but patients should always consult with their healthcare provider before starting any new treatment. Strain/Counterstrain may not be appropriate for certain patients, such as those with joint instability or fractures. As with any manual therapy technique, there is a risk of injury if the technique is not performed correctly.

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