Fascial Counterstrain Treatment
Fascia is the deep connective tissue found everywhere in the body. Fascia is in our arteries, veins, nerves, viscera (digestive system, lungs and heart), ligaments, muscles and bones. Viral infection or other irritation of the fascia can trap swelling and cause tightening of the fascia around a nerve or other tissue. Fascial Counterstrain uses a combination of gentle tissue glides and comfortable positioning guided by a system of tender points to drain swelling and improve the mobility of tissues. In the case of Bell’s Palsy we use Fascial Counterstrain to facilitate drainage around the facial nerve via the lymphatic and venous system, increase arterial blood flow to the nerve, decrease irritation of the facial nerve itself and improve mobility of any musculoskeletal structures that may be compressing the nerve. In this way we can provide an optimal environment for the nerve to heal so that symptoms can decrease and resolve.