Positional Release Technique (PRT) | Cambridge - Oxford - Reading

Myofascial Release (Positional Release) | Cambridge | Reading | Oxford

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Positional Release Technique (PRT)

As with many of the advanced soft tissue techniques, Positional Release Technique (PRT) can trace its origins to Osteopathy. This technique is typically used with protective muscle spasms and is also known as Strain Counterstrain. At an anatomy and physiology level, the human body consists of a vast array of sensors. These sensors are continually working and sending and receiving information from the brain or other organs. All functions within the human body are continuously monitored, and changes are frequently made to ensure that everything operates correctly. Protective muscles spasms usually occur as a result of injury or the potential for injury and are the bodies way of attempting to prevent further damage. In many, respects protective muscle spasms are similar to a splint or brace and prevent further movement/damage. However, when muscles go into spasm, they not only restrict movement but can be extremely painful. Muscles can stay in this protective state long after the event that triggered the contraction and any form of stretching of the tissues tends to results in more pain and increased muscle spasm.

Positional Release Technique (PRT) or Strain Counterstrain involves positioning protective muscle spasms in a shortened state. A suitably trained practitioner can position the patient and hold the tissues in a shortened state, enabling a releasing of tissues. Naturally, one tends to find the most comfortable or shortened tissue position to sit or lay in when in pain. Muscles that have been in a protective state tend to go back into spasm shortly after being released if they are just released. The full Positional Release Technique (PRT) protocol addresses this situation, provided the practitioner is fully competent in the technique and has excellent anatomy and physiology knowledge. There are occasions where Positional Release Technique (PRT) may be contraindicated or not suitable for a patient. As with many advanced soft tissue techniques Positional Release Technique (PRT) is a form of fascial release, though works differently to Myofascial Release (MFR).


Mobile Chiropractor Service | Cambridge | Oxford | Reading

Positional Release Technique (PRT) is available as part of our Mobile Musculoskeletal / MSK Chiropractor and Sports Injury Clinic Service. There is a limited private patient service which covers Oxford and up to 20 miles from Caversham in Reading and Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. The company also operates a mobile Chiropractor lead Corporate Wellness Clinic service covering Reading, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Oxford and South Oxfordshire.


Chiropractic and Massage Registrations

All of our therapist's hold relevant professional industry registrations and or memberships. Our principal Chiropractor Terry Davis MSMA holds additional memberships and registrations for Massage Therapy with the Complementary & Natural Health Council (CHNC) and the Sports Massage Association (SMA). Unusually, for a Chiropractor, he is also BTEC Level 5 Clinical Sports, and Remedial Massage Therapy qualified and holds numerous other soft-tissue therapy qualifications. Furthermore, he has also taught at Advanced Diploma level (Myotherapy / Musculoskeletal Therapy) in Australia, both theory and practical.

Complementary & Natural Health Council (CHNC)
General Chiropractic Council (GCC)
Sports Massage Association (SMA)