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 consumer/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 consumer/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).
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Terry brings over 15 years of experience working in the MSK field back to Australia from the UK. He also has training in a wide array of techniques and currently works as a Myotherapist. His main areas of interest relate to trauma and myofascial pain relief. He has also taught as a senior course coach on one of the first myotherapy courses in Brisbane.