Residual Strain Therapy
Residual Strain Therapy (RST) is a technique that has the ability to help others where so many other treatments have not been able to do so. Dr. Susan Stone uses this gentle technique that is both powerful and strong to relieve new or chronic pain and injuries. This relief is achieved by releasing tissue called fascia through gentle palpation.
Fascia, is a densely woven tissue that covers bones, muscles, arteries and nerves in the body from head to toe. You may be familiar with the word myofascial – which is the fascia that lays over muscle. Fascia contains many nerve endings, thus is the message center between the brain and the body. When this tissue is impacted from events like surgery, inflammation, injury and trauma it can create fascial restrictions, leaving people with pain and/or with lack of motion, weakness or instability. When this type of restriction happens and is created, this irritation is called residual strain. The negative results that arise from fascial restriction are essentially software problems…the nerves in the stuck fascia create a glitch in the communication to the brain. This type of miscommunication can present anywhere from serious pain and discomfort to more subtle changes, like slower reflex response or right to left side imbalance, and is often the culprit for unexplained chronic pain syndromes.
Residual strain occurs from the fascia tightening and stiffening, stemming from the trauma or injury, which over time can wear on the bodies muscles, joints and nerves. Since this tissue is throughout the entire body, these issues can occur anywhere and at any time. Some might experience symptoms immediately and others might have them develop slowly over time. Luckily, this tissue can be relaxed and treated through this release of residual strain and balance and communication can be restored in most cases.
This RST technique is performed by Dr. Stone and done through light to moderate pressure to find the tension and release the fascia to it is original state. These releases can provide immediate relief and change within the body but may require a series of treatments for lasting improvement and relief. An initial exam will better indicate how many treatments may be necessary. The good news is, once the restriction is repaired, it stays that way unless further trauma is incurred.
Some issues that can find great relief through RST:
Tension in the neck and traps
One-sided weakness or pain
Neurological issues that may have arisen after a head impact or concussion