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Elective Rotation: Counterstrain Clinic


Contact: Katya Adachi

Location: Vista

I used this elective as an opportunity to review and practice the Strain Counterstrain skills I had learned during an earlier elective through Jones Counterstrain courses I had taken. I reviewed the material and made myself a guide for treatment points and techniques. I split up some of my continuity clinics into Counterstrain clinics (for one continuity clinic I would do 2 counterstrain clinics, seeing ultimately the same number of patients but in longer visits). Other providers referred their patients to me for various MSK complaints, most commonly back pain, neck pain, piriformis syndrome, headaches. I treated patients and worked with preceptors with manual medicine experience to help me hone my skills and develop treatment plans.

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Jones Strain/Counterstrain course

From: Hana Grobel

I did a similar elective selective reviewing the Jones' strain counterstrain techniques. I highly recommend the course to get hands on experience with manual medicine as a way to help our patients with many different types of complaints. I took the course I (for spine) and III (cranial). There is also II (extremities) and many more that involve points to help with visceral organs, lymph flow, arterial system, etc. Check it out on their website http://www.jonesinstitute.com/. I also recommend the book called "Clinical application of Counterstrain" by Dr. Myers, which I thought was more helpful than the Jones Strain counterstrain book by Dr. Jones.

Jones Strain/Counterstrain (SCS) Course

From: Molly Kirkconnell

I took the 3-day SCS for the Spine I course in Santa Rosa. It was a great way to quickly learn a new technique in depth to use for patients with musculoskeletal pain, injuries, pregnancy, or other concerns. For me, it was also a great refresher on the physical exam and boosted my confidence in my palpatory skills during exams. I then worked with some DOs in the community to see how they use techniques. It will require more study, practice, and planning to integrate into my daily clinics, but I think it can be done. I also found the SCS book by Dr. Myers useful (see above), as well as Physical Examination of the Spine and Extremities by Stanley Hoppenfeld.