FASCIAL COUNTERSTRAIN TREATMENT
In looking at shoulder or elbow pain, it is important to address all aspects that can influence the position and movement of the joint. In this case, the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (upper back), and ribs need to move well and be in good alignment for the shoulder to sit properly. Fascial Counterstrain addresses the deep fascia (connective tissue) of multiple body systems to improve mobility and postural alignment, as well as increase blood flow and decrease inflammation. For example, repetitive throwing can strain a variety of structures including fascia wrapped around muscles, as well as the arteries, veins and nerves lying along these muscles, and the supporting ligaments of the spine. When these are threatened, the body will create a reflexive protective spasm in the fascia around them to protect from further damage. This reflexive protective spasm shortens the fascia and causes tightness, movement restriction, postural changes, and compromised local blood flow resulting in inflammation and pain. Fascial Counterstrain addresses these protective spasms with gentle positioning, glides and compressions to help the nervous system reset and release the protective spasm. Fascial Counterstrain treatment is very gentle and very specific. There is a map of the fascial dysfunction in the body on the head which we call the cranial scan. Your practitioner will use the cranial scan by feeling specific areas of your head to determine which system is involved as well as which specific part of the body. Local tender points are then used to determine the specific structure affected. Once the dysfunctional tissue is found, positioning of the body, compressions and/or tissue glides are used to shorten the tissue and mechanically unload it. This takes tension out of the tissue and allows the protective reflex to release, resulting in normalizing tissue tone and optimizing blood flow and nerve conduction. Thus, the Fascial Counterstrain practitioner aims to find the root cause of the dysfunction.