Jones counterstrain
Jones counterstrain


Jones counterstrain, also known as strain-counterstrain, is a technique developed by Dr. Lawrence Jones to alleviate neuromuscular and musculo-skeletal problems resulting from incorrect posture.

Various bodywork professionals practice Jones counterstrain, including physical therapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors. The Jones Institute offers certification in Jones counterstrain and additionally many bodywork-training programs have integrated Jones' ideas into their curriculum.

Greenman muscle-energy is a phrase developed by the professor and author Dr. Phillip Greenman, to describe the way that certain movements of the body may re-position the body's joints and alignments. The term Greenman muscle-energy is often synonymous with Jones counterstrain.

People use this for...

Jones counterstrain has been used for bursitis, joint mobility, sciatic nerve irritation, tendonitis, and tension headaches.

There is insufficient reliable evidence about the effectiveness of Jones counterstrain.

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    Proponents of Jones counterstrain theorize that the correction of posture and body structure may correct abnormal nerve and muscle reflexes. The positional correction and placement is theorized to "reset" muscles, release trigger points, relieve pain, and increase the range of motion. has licensed professional monographs from TRC Healthcare. Full monographs are available to Pro practitioner accounts.
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