Positional Release

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Positional Release

Positional release is a technique that is also referred to as ‘strain counter-strain’ which means that it involves positioning muscles in a shortened, relaxed position in order to restore their natural function. The great thing about that is that it means that it is much less painful than other techniques that either directly put pressure on trigger points or stretch muscles out. 

Positional Release was originally invented by an Osteopathic Physician in 1955. Since then, techniques based on similar principles have branched out into other disciplines such as chiropractic, physiotherapy and remedial massage.

How is Positional Release performed?

With positional release, the practitioner finds tender sore areas (trigger points) and then works with the client to try to position their body in a way that removes the pain. Often this involves shortening the muscle as much as possible but there are exceptions and it varies quite a bit from case to case. In the case up pain in the upper shoulder, this could involve moving the shoulder and neck as close together as possible to shorten muscles in that area.

Which muscles respond well to Positional Release?

I have found positional release particularly effective in dealing with upper shoulder tension such as issues with the upper trapezius, levator scapula or upper rhomboids (upper shoulder muscles). I have also used it successfully in treating the psoas muscle (main hip flexor), the forearm extensors and the gastrocnemius (calves). It also does a great job for the sub occipital muscles (base of the skull).

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