This groundbreaking technique represents a dramatic advancement in the evaluation and treatment of painful conditions. It is a gentle yet powerful approach that gets to the root of a problem to achieve long-lasting relief.

Fascia is a connective tissue which covers all structures in the body: muscles, joints, blood vessels, nerves, and organs. It acts like a shrink wrap. Injury or prolonged poor body mechanics and posture can cause the fascia to tighten. This can result in pain, stiffness, and weakness. Fascial Counterstrain techniques restore the normal length and tension to the fascial covering of the different structures, easing pain and improving mobility and strength. These safe and gentle techniques are effective in acute or chronic conditions or following surgery.

Fascial Counterstrain empowers clinicians to quickly assess the entire body for areas of pain and dysfunction, and identify the specific treatment needed to correct it and alleviate the pain. Nearly every painful condition can benefit from this gentle technique.

  • Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • ACL tears / reconstruction
  • Balance disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brain Fog (impaired cognition)
  • Bunions
  • Chronic pain (neck, back, and all extremities)
  • CRPS /RSD (Complex regional pain syndrome)
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Digestive Disorders/IBS
  • Disc bulges / herniations
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (associated pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches (migraine, chronic tension)
  • Heel spurs
  • Joint replacements
  • Muscle strains / tears
  • Meniscus tears/ pain
  • Osteoarthritis (all areas)
  • Labrum tears/pain
  • Low back pain
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathy (idiopathic)
  • Pain of unknown cause (all areas)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff tears / repairs
  • Shoulder instability
  • Spinal instability
  • Spondylolithesis (slipped / fractured vertebra)
  • Sprained / torn ligaments (all areas)
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • TMJ/TMD/temporomandibular disorder
  • Torticollis (adult, infant)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Vertigo (BPPV, unknown / cervicogenic)
  • Whiplash

Contact our office today to discover the benefits of fascial counterstrain.



Patient Success with Fascial Counterstrain

Ms. Ruocco came to Orthopedic Physical Therapy of Northern Virginia for the treatment of migraines. This is her experience and success story with our practice and Fascial Counterstrain.