Arterial Strain and Counterstrain
Layers of the Artery
Fascial Strain and Counterstrain techniques, like that used with Arteries, is a skilled, passive manipulation of the body's deep fascial proprioceptors. When vessels (vascular smooth muscle) are over stretched they contract and can develop a chronic dysfunctional reflex pattern causing constriction of the arterial trunk. The treatment uses a light pressure to glide the fascia over the artery, beneath the skin, back towards the origin or heart. You can have a range of symptoms that can be helped with this technique. Some of these include muscular pain, headaches, tendonitis, chest wall pain, light headedness or vertigo, pseudo-radiculopathies, digestive problems like constipation, pelvic floor dysfunction and pain, TMJ pain, hip and groin pain. The observable clinical effects include; decreased nerve sensitivity, decreased inflammation, improved flexibility, improved proprioception, normalization of muscle tone and improved functional performance.