Alive Physio Unveils a Revolutionary Approach to Wellness: Taming Inflammation, the Silent Culprit, with Fascial Counterstrain

Fascial Counterstrain Alive Physio & Wellness Nad Perera

Chronic inflammation is a persistent immune response in the body that can occur as a result of various factors, including infections, autoimmune disorders, long-term exposure to irritants, stress and more. It can lead to a wide range of health issues and has been linked to conditions like arthritis, heart disease, and even cancer.  While it’s important to note that inflammation itself is a natural and necessary part of the body’s immune response, chronic inflammation, which persists over an extended period, can contribute to various health issues. Here’s how Fascial Counterstrain may be considered as a supportive therapy in managing chronic inflammation.

Fascial Counterstrain is a therapeutic technique that offers relief to individuals dealing with chronic inflammation. 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 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. Here’s how Fascial Counterstrain may help with chronic inflammation:

  1. Pain Relief: Chronic inflammation often leads to pain and discomfort in various parts of the body. Fascial Counterstrain involves gentle, precise manipulation of specific muscles and connective tissues. By releasing tension and improving blood flow in these areas, it can provide relief from pain associated with chronic inflammation.
  2. Reducing Muscle Tension: Chronic inflammation can cause muscle stiffness and tension. Fascial Counterstrain aims to release tension in muscles, which may indirectly reduce tension in adjacent muscles and improve overall relaxation and comfort.
  3. Improving Circulation: Proper circulation is crucial for the body’s immune response and healing processes. Fascial Counterstrain can help improve blood and lymphatic circulation, which may contribute to better overall immune function and reduced inflammation.
  4. Balancing the Autonomic Nervous System: The technique is thought to influence the autonomic nervous system, which plays a role in regulating inflammation. By addressing dysfunction in this system, Fascial Counterstrain helps modulate the body’s inflammatory response.
  5. Enhancing Lymphatic Drainage: Lymphatic fluid plays a key role in removing waste products and toxins from the body. Fascial Counterstrain helps enhance lymphatic drainage, which can support the body’s ability to manage inflammation.


Nad Perera is the only Physiotherapist in Victoria who is an expert and trained in Fascial Counterstrain technique. Please contact Alive Physio & Wellness Hawthorn to find how he can help you with your concerns. 

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