pain relief therapy

Gadi Kaufman employs a unique pain therapy treatment known as Strain Counterstrain. It can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments, and is primarily utilized for pain relief.

Strain counterstrain was developed by Lawrence Jones, D.O. It has been used for over 50 years to improve range of motion and flexibility in athletes and other patients.

Over the last 30 years, strain and counter strain has been proven successful on all patient populations, including orthopedic, neurological, geriatric, and pediatric. Strain and counter strain technique eliminates protective muscle spasm in skeletal muscles. It is common knowledge that a skeletal muscle like the biceps muscle can go into protective muscle spasm. What is less widely known is protective muscle spasm of smooth muscle. Smooth muscles line all the vessels in our bodies. When smooth muscle goes into spasm, it causes the vessels in our bodies to become rigid and inflexible. This affects blood pressure and overall circulation. In turn, this affects range of motion and joint mobility of neighboring joints because the body tries to protect the compromised vessel.

Strain counterstrain is a manual therapy whereby the clinician uses only his own hands for the treatment of muscle and joint pain. He uses passive body positioning of hypertonic (spasmmed) muscles and dysfunctional joints toward positions of comfort or tissue ease that compress or shorten the offending muscle. The purpose of movement toward shortening is to relax aberrant reflexes that produce the muscle spasm forcing immediate reduction of muscle tone to normal levels. This allows the joints influenced by the now relaxed muscle to function optimally increasing their range of motion and easing muscle and joint pain. Strain Counter strain is an effective but extremely gentle technique because its action for treatment moves the patient's body away from the painful, restricted directions of motion.

Classically Trained:

Gadi Kaufman is trained in the classical techniques of Strain Counterstrain, as described in the following books. Jones Strain Counterstrain by Lawrence H. Jones, D.O., and Clinical Application of Counterstrain, by Harmon L. Myers, D.O.

Jones Strain Counterstrain
Clinical Application of Counterstrain

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Strategy of Treatment:

The patient or client may show up with different symptoms (such as sharp or defuse pain, achiness, tingling or numbness). The symptoms could be in the neck, shoulders, along the spine, chest, abdomen, hips, knees, feet or ankles. The symptoms could be in one side of the body or both, in the front side or the back or both.

The cause of these "confusing" pains is related to the bio-mechanics of the body (the relationship between muscles and their impact on the joints), and the structure of the nervous system which originates in the spinal cord and reaches out to the extremities.

These responses may be understood in terms of two primary forces. The body-gravity-center in a normally aligned human skeleton is located midway between the hips at the level of the second sacral vertebra. This location is affected by the position of the hips. The hips must be horizontally level in order to maintain the gravity center in its correct location. Hip position determines the susceptibility of the body to injury and its ability to cope with the various stresses of daily life.

Therefore, level hips are the foundation of mechanical balance in the body. The "righting reflex" is achieved by a series of neuromuscular interactions that respond to the body-gravity-center and result in positioning the eyes on a horizontal plane. (If the head is tilted or angled downward, such that the eyes are not horizontally level and facing forward, the righting reflex will be activated. This reflex involves a system of constant communication between the pelvis (the body-gravity-center) and the eyes.

Spasticity in the muscles between the pelvis and the head is a result of the righting reflex triggering muscle over-activity in an attempt to keep the eyes horizontally level. If the righting reflex did not operate and the eyes were permitted to deviate from the horizontal, forward gaze, dizziness would result and function would be compromised. Thus, the righting reflex responds to hip position and the body-gravity-center, guaranteeing that the eyes will stay level horizontally.

This means that if the hips fall out of correct alignment, the body will compensate by making further adjustments in the hips, trunk, shoulders and neck in order to realign the eyes on the necessary horizontal plane. Unfortunately, most of us do not have level hips. These compensatory adjustments may be called mechanical distortions, as they further alter body alignment from the normal state.

The bio-mechanics explained above are used in the first step in my therapy strategy for new patients, where I will level their hips. This will be done by a cranisacral technique which manipulates the sphinobasilar joint in the center of the head to stretch the Dura Mater (connective tissue along the spinal cord). As a result of this stretch the sacrum (tail bone) will shift and level the hips. Also this technique will help to release the pressure on the nerve exits out of the spinal cord which will affect muscle spasticity all over the body.

The next step will be to release different muscle spasms which were found in the body by using strain counterstrain technique. Since we have to follow the nervous system structure, first the spasms along the spine will be released, followed by the muscle of the periphery (extremities).

Now it is time to to stretch the spastic muscles by using proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (p.n.f). technique. This will be accompanied by home program exercises that I teach you how to perform. The home exercises include stretching specific muscles and strengthening the opposing ones, as well as self-release of muscle spasms.

The last phase of the treatment is to release compression of specific joints by decompressing them. This will be done by a joint mobilization technique called Mulligan technique, which is entirely painless.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does it take to release a spasm?
A split second. Reflexes are very fast. Actually, they are electrical currents. In the body they are called nerve impulses. When a person puts his finger in the fire, the heat sensors in the finger will send the information to the autonomic nerves system, which will send the signal (reflex) to the finger muscle to contract and pull the finger out of the fire. To be accurate, the speed of muscle reflex is 250 miles per second.
Is strain counterstrain a painful technique?
Absolutely not. The technique is very gentle. The only requirement is that the patient be passive and relaxed. There are no contraindications.
Are there any side effects?
No. The patient often experiences a deep sense of relaxation because the technique relaxes the nervous system.
What is the difference between you and a chiropractor?
I address the nervous system first, then the muscular system, and finally the joints.
Do you take insurance?
Insurance is not accepted.

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