Counterstrain is also called spontaneous
release by positioning.
It’s one of the newer forms of manipulation
that uses body positioning
and body placement
as a way to release motion
and enhance comfort.
What you do is, you find a tender point—
an area in the muscle
that’s a little bit mushier, a little bit
more tender, maybe indented,
and feels differently than other tissue.
If they’re uncomfortable there,
you then try and find how
you can position them
to make them comfortable to
get rid of that tenderness.
And once you find that point,
and you get them from that point
to a position of comfort,
you hold them that way for about
90 to 120 seconds.
You monitor it with your fingers
and you see how the tissue changes.
You generally start to feel
a little bit of a pulsation
or a little bit of motion in the muscle
while you’re holding it.
And then after the 90 seconds,
you bring them back to the normal position
and you’ll generally feel a greater motion,
and an enhancement of how the muscle feels.
So treating the tender point
is a big part of counterstrain.
And it does enhance motion and functioning.
That is counterstrain.