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Strain Counterstrain Therapy

Counterstrain is a form of manual therapy used to alleviate pain and restore motion. It is a gentle, passive technique that uses specific positional releases that are designed to provide long-lasting relief from musculoskeletal dysfunctions.

Counterstrain works by identifying tender points on contracted or shortened muscles, then placing them in positions of comfort – “straining” away the pain – while the body gradually relaxes.

Unlike other massage techniques, counterstrain does not require kneading or aggressive manipulation, making it particularly suitable for those with an aversion to heavy massage. The ultimate goal of this modality is to effectively target the source of discomfort and encourage the body’s natural healing process.

How is it used to treat conditions?

Strain Counterstrain (SCS) is a unique and effective form of manual therapy which has been used around the world to treat a variety of conditions.

Proponents of this modality that it is particularly successful in treating musculoskeletal pain, joint dysfunction, and neuralgia. The technique involves holding the patient’s body in certain positions for an extended period; during this time, the pain decreases as constricted tissues begin to relax.

Additionally, SCS can be used to improve posture, reduce spasms and tension in specific muscles, correct range-of-motion issues and increase flexibility for increased mobility.

SCS has also proven to be helpful for decreasing overall stress levels in the body; because of its versatility and potential for relief from multiple ailments, SCS is increasingly becoming a popular choice among healthcare professionals.

Some of the treatable conditions of Counterstrain are:

  • Chronic edema
  • Digestive dysfunctions
  • Neuropathy
  • Endocrine dysfunctions
  • Migraine and non-migraine headaches
  • Visual disturbances
  • Tachycardia
  • CRPS
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Balance disorders
  • Seizures
  • Tinnitus
  • Depression
  • Impaired immune system functions
  • Fibromyalgia and other systemic conditions
  • Musculoskeletal conditions in all regions

SCAR has two trained practitioners – Mike Adams and Jeff Lynch. Dr. Lynch recently completed an SCS training module was invited by the institute to an exclusive intensive 4-day training workshop with only 3 other nationwide therapists.