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Counterstrain is an osteopathic technique developed by Lawrence Jones DO in the 1950’s. Counterstrain utilizes diagnostic tender points to identify painful, reflexively protected and contracted tissues. Reflex tissue contractions occur in the body’s deep fascia layers, skeletal muscle tissues, and/or smooth muscle structures in response to a variety of mechanical or chemical insults. Examples include trauma, surgery, postural strain, repetitive motion, infectious or viral conditions, and even inflammatory diets. Once present, this form of reflex muscular dysfunction can contribute to a multitude of symptoms.

Fascial Counterstrain (FCS) was developed by Brian Tuckey. It is an expanded and updated form of “Jones Counterstrain” that can identify and correct dysfunction in all of the body’s systems including, visceral, vascular, nervous and musculoskeletal. The development of FCS has expanded the number of treatments in the Counterstrain curriculum from approximately 200 to over 900.

FCS embraces the concepts of osteopathic medicine in that it addresses the body as a whole. By normalizing muscular tension, vascular drainage, blood flow, and neural input, the technique maximizes the body’s intrinsic ability to heal.  Multi-system diagnosis and manipulation is the key to correcting chronic health conditions allowing practitioners to identify and correct the source of the condition and not just surface symptoms.


Dr Adam Vounoridis (Osteopath)