Fascial Counterstrain Treatment
Initially, the Fascial Counterstrain clinician will utilize the cranial scan to identify the primary system involved. A variety of tissue systems (ligaments, bones, nerves, arteries, veins, as well as support structures for organs, for example) may contain structures that are in a state of reflexive spasm and therefore potentially contributing to symptoms such as pain, swelling, and restricted motion. These spasms are created by the body in response to injury or tissue irritation with the purpose of protecting it from further damage. Thus, it is important to make sure that each affected system is treated, in the order of worst first. It is also important to address any reflexive spasms that are found in the ribcage, upper back and neck, as well as in the arm(s), to be sure that the shoulder complex has a healthy, supporting base for optimal joint function.
Once the clinician has found the primary system and region of the body requiring treatment, local tender points will be assessed and also treated worst first, thereby allowing the body to guide the treatment and achieve the most rapid and profound changes. The treatment itself is very gentle: positioning the body, compression and tissue glides are used to shorten the affected structure, thus relieving it of all excess tension, and thereby releasing the reflex that holds it tight. Usually, in the case of rotator cuff tears, multiple systems are involved and will each require treatment.