What is Fascial Counterstrain?
Fascial Counterstrain works through decompression of pain and movement receptors which exist in the body’s main connective tissue called fascia. Once slackened, these receptors are silenced and in return alleviate pain, relax tissue and allow trapped metabolites to dissipate. Thus, the musculoskeletal version of Fascial Counterstrain can directly relax skeletal muscle spasm and “unlock” restricted joints through reflex mechanisms. No aggressive manipulation or “thrust” techniques are needed.
How Does Fascial Counterstain Work?
After we structurally & cranially evaluate your body, we determine where and what needs help. We then locate the contracted tissue, isolate it, and manually force slack into that tissue. Once the tissue is released the pain is eliminated and function is restored!
What is Fascia?
The fascia that most people know about are tendons that connect muscles to bones and ligaments that connect bones to bones. However, there is a type of fascia called deep fascia that exists all throughout the body.
Where is Fascia?
Deep fascial tissue can be found all throughout the body, it’s not strictly ligaments and tendons. There is a deep fascial component in the arterial walls, in the veins, in the lymphatic vessels, and in the organ ligaments that attach them to the body cavity and to each other. Deep fascia is found in the outer layer of the bone known as periosteum which then seamlessly becomes each joint capsule and the outer layer wrapping of the muscle known as the septum. It’s a component of dura which is the wrapping of the brain and spinal cord. Deep fascia is also in components of the nervous system, the myelin sheath of the nerve, the epineurium, endoneurium and perineurium of the nerve. It is in the parasympathetic nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system, peripheral nervous system, the cranial nerves as well as the rami communicantes. Deep fascia is virtually everywhere in the body.
What is a Cranial Scan?
A cranial scan is a manual process where we feel for motion restrictions and tender points in the cranium to guide us to where the work needs to be done and to what system in the body. For instance, we could determine that a motion restriction at the base of your occiput (a bone in the back of the head) means that nerves in the lower leg need to be treated. The cranium is the overview of the body that tells us where and what system to treat.
The Cause of Many Chronic Pain Syndromes
Myofascial pain or “soft tissue problems” are responsible for a large percentage of chronic pain syndromes. It can occur in all areas of the body and presents as persistent tightness, pain or numbness/tingling sensations. Myofascial pain cannot be detected by MRI, X-Ray or CT scan; however, trigger points can be diagnosed. Myofascial pain is distinctly different than fibromyalgia in which there is generalized soft tissue sensitivity in all areas of the body. Interestingly, patients with fibromyalgia often have some degree of myofascial pain and therefore still have significant pain relief following Counterstrain treatment.