Thursday, August 7, 2008

Counterstrain is an effective treatment in plantar fasciitis.

Osteopathic manipulative treatment based on counterstrain produces a decrease in the stretch reflex of the calf muscles in subjects with Achilles tendinitis. Wynne MM (2006) studied the effects of counterstrain on stretch reflex activity and clinical outcomes in subjects with plantar fasciitis.
Findings:
  1. Clinical improvement occurs in subjects with plantar fasciitis in response to counterstrain treatment. The clinical response is accompanied by mechanical, but not electrical, changes in the reflex responses of the calf muscles.
  2. A comparison of pretreatment and posttreatment symptom severity demonstrated significant relief of symptoms that was most pronounced immediately following treatment and lasted for 48 hours.

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