Counterstrain Practice Sessions – What Makes a Good Candidate?

The first reply to my email request for volunteers was almost instantaneous. Me! Me! Pick me! it read. The second one arrived shortly after. It expressed similar sentiments in a more formal tone. I’ll be more than happy to let you practice on me, it read. Then the third, and the fourth, and the fifth.…

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Strain-Counterstrain – What Conditions Does It Treat?

(Watch Video First) Counterstrain continues growing in popularity. Every year, dozens of therapists complete the rigorous Counterstrain Academy training and go on to successfully address from simple to baffling painful conditions. The essence of Counterstrain resides in the mastery and understanding of the multiple systems of the body and their interactions. It is not a…

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Exercise as a Component of Healing – Target the Muscles, Miss the Big Picture

(Watch Video First. Turn Captions (CC) On) “What in the world are you talking about?” I get asked when I point out that we should consider the deep layers whenever we prescribe exercise. Confusion ensues when I inform that I’m not referring to the smaller or unusual muscles (like the pyramidalis) but rather, the deep…

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Exercise as a Component of Healing – Is It Relevant?

(Watch Video First) Exercise could enhance our healing, or it could hinder it. How do we determine which is which, then? In the previous installment, we discussed intention or goal, and how it’s primordial in the exercise program design. But we also mentioned that, often, even well designed exercise programs flop. How is this possible?…

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Exercise as a Component of Healing – Dangerous or Necessary? It’s the Intention

We think of physical exercise as an essential component of overall health with well-documented benefits on stress control, weight management, sports performance, and rehabilitation. While there’s truth to this, it’s not the whole truth. On the one hand, exercise is a key component in the rehabilitation and prevention of specific conditions. There’s ample evidence—empirical and…

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The Healing Process – Who is Responsible?

A wise man once said that although people are saturated with information, they’re starving for wisdom. I can see how this applies to most aspects of life, and how it is such an undeniable truth in the therapy world. Most of the information flooding the internet makes it appear as though healing is a linear…

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Finding the Root of Back Pain – It’s Not What You Think

Well, duh! If your back hurts it’s because it got hurt. Isn’t this pretty straightforward and evident? Yes, and … no! Not really. And before you say something along the lines of: “Of course! It’s because of a…” (Insert: weak core, tight psoas, muscle imbalances, or any other approaches that will be discussed in future…

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