Immediate effects of the strain/counterstrain technique in local pain evoked by tender points in the upper trapezius muscle

Albert Atienza Meseguer, César Fernández-de-las-Peñas, Jose Luis Navarro-Poza, Cleofás Rodríguez-Blanco and Juan José Boscá Gandia

The aim of this study was to compare the immediate effect, on pain threshold, following a single treatment of tender points in the upper trapezius muscle involving a classical and a modified application of the strain/counterstrain technique.   The modified application of the technique included a longitudinal stroke during the application of strain/counterstrain.  The results suggest that strain/counterstrain was effective in reducing tenderness of tender points in the upper trapezius muscle, however, the application of a longitudinal stroke during the strain/counterstrain did not influence the effectiveness of the classical description of the technique.

Clinical Chiropractic, Volume 9, Issue 3, September 2006, Pages 112-118

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