Strain-counterstrain is a gentle technique that works by placing muscles in positions for 90 seconds in order to "reset" muscles. Training manuals, such as Jones Strain Counterstrain, instruct the practitioner to ask the patient about areas of pain, injury, and restricted motion. The practitioner also feels tender points on the body and asks the patient if they are experiencing any pain. The specialist then applies gentle pressure on the painful area towards an area of less or no pain. This positional release painlessly releases tender trigger points. After this release of tension, the patient should feel a decrease in or alleviation of localized pain, and an increased range of motion. This release also aids in the healing necessary to correct painful all-over postural and structural problems.
"Tender points" is a term that identifies common points of muscle tightness.
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