What Is Strain CounterStrain?
An osteopathic doctor from Spokane, Washington, is credited with originating the gentle, manual, body technique called Strain CounterStrain (SCS) in the mid 1950s. Osteopathy, as you may know, is a branch of the medical practice that "treats medical disorders through the manipulation and massage of the bones, joints, and muscles."
Dr. Jones (pictured above) called his pain-release discovery Strain CounterStrain.
In short, CSC practitioners use their hands to strategically manipulate muscles, tendons and fascia. These "soft" tissues directly influence the joints of our body. Relax and release the tissue and its associated joint -- by positioning the body so as to shorten or compress these structures for a specific period of time -- and the body will function better. When CSC practitioners help you find the optimal treatment positions, you can increase range of motion, and ease pain and dysfunction.
A Lucky Accident
Osteopathic Physician Lawrence Jones discovered the benefits of placing an aching body in its most comfortable position as a method of healing in 1955. He realized his patient's pain had eased after positioning (and leaving) him in a way that made him feel best. When the client later stood up, his pain had eased.