Fascial Counterstrain is a gentle, soft tissue manipulation technique which is highly effective in treating pain and limitations in both strength and range of motion. This technique allows our therapists to painlessly “release” muscle and connective tissue spasms from all areas and systems of the human body. This method can decrease swelling, improve blood flow and calm irritated nerves.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the tissue that permeates, surrounds, connects and supports the musculature, tendons, ligaments, organs, vessels, nerves and bones in our bodies. In essence it’s the glue that holds us together. More importantly, it’s a contractile sensory organ that communicates with your central nervous system and reacts to everything you do.
How does Fascial Counterstrain work?
Facial Counterstrain removes painful, reflexive tissue contractions from the body via a gentle hands-on process that involves slackening or decompression of the involved structures while monitoring the tender point for tissue relaxation and normalization. The treatments are completely painless making it perfect for even the most painful cases.
With skilled passive manipulation of the deep fascial proprioceptors, we can shut off the painful reflexive reactions of the body and normalize the function of the tissues that have been hurt.
Who can benefit from Fascial Counterstrain?
It can be used for the very acute traumas (sports injuries, ankle sprains, post-surgical, etc.) to the more chronic (low back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, neuropathies, etc.). Its value is unmatched because it is so gentle and non-traumatic. The therapist is guided by what feels good to the patient and often dramatic changes can be made in the first session. These changes facilitate the healing processes for a faster and complete recovery.
The gentleness of Fascial Counterstrain makes it safe and effective for treating more sensitive patients with pain associated with excessive joint motion or hypermobility. Fascial Counterstrain allows your body the opportunity it needs to heal properly and more quickly return to doing the things you love.