What is Fascial Counterstrain?

For a clear way to understand this gentle and effective technique, let’s break it down…

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First, What is Fascia?
It is connective tissue that covers all the structures inside the body. Similar to the skin, it is highly protective and has millions of nerve endings that are reflexive in nature. That means when fascia is strained, irritated, or injured, it becomes inflamed and can create pain and dysfunction in any structure in the body – not just muscles and joints – but arteries, veins, nerves, dura, and organs too

Ok, What is Counterstrain?
It is an indirect hands-on technique where the practitioner glides a specific structure of the body into a position of ease, so it is gentle on the body, in order to cause relaxation of that structure, thus returning it to its neutral, unstrained state.


So, What is Fascial Counterstrain?

It is a highly specific indirect hands-on technique that focuses on the connective tissue in every system in the body. This is why Fascial Counterstrain treatment is so impactful. It accounts for every structure that can cause dysfunction, spasm, and inflammation. The practitioner treats these structures (arteries, nerves, veins, dura, organs, etc…) in a very gentle and specific way, which gets to the root cause of almost every painful condition, and allows for the tissue to “reset” and completely heal. In turn, this allows the body to return to its unstrained state.

3 thoughts on “What is Fascial Counterstrain?

  1. Hi, Saxony. Great explanation. As I read I like to sound out words, to make them “stick” better. How do I pronounce “fascia?”


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