Positional Release Therapy
Positional Release Therapy is a very specialized technique focusing on treating protective muscle spasm in the body. This technique involves finding a tender point in the patients body (muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints) and then moving the patients body or body part away from the restricted motion barrier and towards the position of greatest comfort.
Once in this position of comfort, the point should no longer be tender. This precise position is held for a minimum of 90 seconds but can be held for several minutes. During this time period, the patient can feel heat, vibration, pulsation and can even reproduce their symptoms. Once the release is complete, the heat, vibration, pulsation and pain will diminish and there will be a sense of lengthening and relaxation in the tissues. Once the release is felt, the patient is slowly taken out of the position of comfort and the tissues should be relaxed. The tender point should either be completely gone or 70% better.
After a successful treatment, the patient will experience decreased pain, muscle spasm, fascial tension, joint stiffness and swelling. There will be improved postural alignment, mobility, flexibility and range of motion. Even though the patient may feel they are experiencing less of their initial pain and are moving better after a treatment, they may still feel aches in their body for several days afterwards as their body adjusts to the changes. This reaction quickly goes with subsequent treatments and does not occur with every patient.
The mechanism behind this technique is that the shortening of the muscle sends a signal to the brain causing the muscle contraction to be reduced. This technique is used for relief of somatic dysfunctions that are too acute or too delicate to treat with other procedures.
Positional Release Therapy is very effective for treating the following conditions:
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Spinal and rib cage pain
Hip, knee & ankle pain
Shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand pain
Stress and Tension-Related Problems
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