What is Counterstrain?

It is a form of hands-on body therapy that is highly effective in treating a wide variety of injuries, painful conditions and even chronic pain. It is capable of normalizing tone in painful muscles, vessels, nerves, organs, ligaments, tendons and dural membranes.

Strains of these vital tissues can provoke a protective reflex spasm of the structure involved and any near-by somatic tissue (via reflex-arc). Once triggered the reflex can persist, spread and form palpable tender points. Counterstrain releases the tissue that is in spasm and the corresponding tender point by mechanically unloading the injured structure.

Dysfunction of this web of vital connective tissue often negatively impacts everything from our digestion and physical health to our susceptibility to disease. In cases of past trauma, whether physical, emotional or a combination thereof, dysfunction of the sensory blanket of fascia around our autonomic nervous system can impact the state of our mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Tim Hodges, LMT, JSCCI, CACI explains “What is Counterstrain?”

Counterstain (CS) is a gentle, powerful, restorative treatment for dysfunction, spasm and pain, in every major system of the body. It is capable of resolving the root cause and ultimately the symptomatic presentation of countless conditions. Below is a short list of some of the more common ailments that we treat with CS.

Tim Hodges, LMT, JSCCI, CACI interviews Diego Valeri of the Portland Timbers:


If you have had difficulty finding significant relief from your pain or dysfunction using other traditional and alternative methods, consider our approach. There are few techniques that possess the level of specificity in assessment, precise clinical application of treatment and success in achieving results that Counterstrain does.


If you don’t see your condition listed, it doesn’t mean that we don’t have a treatment for you. Give us a call and let us know what you are looking to address and we will help you find the answers you seek. The list of conditions that can be helped by CS is so large that it would be cumbersome to to list them all here.


Sports Performance

Lower Back Pain

Cervical Pain

Chronic Pain

Cognitive Impairment

Athletic Injuries

Brain Fog

Poor Circulation



Post Concussion Syndrome

Rotator cuff Syndrome

Headaches- migraines and tension

Breathing Issues



Digestive Complaints/IBS


Trigeminal Neuralgia

And many, many more…