Traditional physical therapy typically involves the use of heat, cold, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and exercise to increase flexibility and strength of injured tissues. The hope is that by improving range of motion and strength of the problem area, the pain will diminish and function will be restored. Often, the patient will be seen for 4-6 weeks and perform virtually the same program each visit. Usually, the patient will experience some reduction in symptoms, but many times the relief is not complete and does not last. By contrast, Counterstrain treatment is all hands-on. The clinician assesses the exact tissues that are dysfunctional and the root cause of your pain, and then performs specific manual releases to restore them back to their normal state. No two visits will be the same, because the tissues that we worked on last visit are still fixed and today’s visit will address other tissues that still need help. We use exercise to restore the motion that the releases have now made possible. Once we have addressed all the dysfunctional areas that are contributing to your pain, you are usually painfree and we discharge you. We don’t have maintenance patients because the relief we offer has addressed the actual cause of the problem and is lasting. Just come back and see us if you hurt yourself again.
- Take a complete musculoskeletal history and learn about your goals.
- Perform a connective tissue evaluation along with selected physical tests to diagnose the root cause of your problem.
- Begin treatment with hands-on techniques. We hope to get you some relief the first visit.
- Develop a plan to restore you to the highest functional level possible. (Painfree if we can)
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