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  Jones Institute   
  Originators of the Strain Counterstrain Technique   
  Established in 1988 by Dr. Lawrence Jones, D.O., F.A.A.O. and Randall Kusunose, P.T., O.C.S. the Jones Institute offers post-graduate Strain Counterstrain seminars for healthcare professionals throughout the United States. Dr. Jones developed this innovative approach for the treatment of neuromuscular and musculo-skeletal disorders in the 1950’s. The Jones Institute is the only organization that provides instructors who are certified and authorized to teach the Strain Counterstrain (SCS) technique by Dr. Jones and the Jones Institute.  
  The Curriculum  
  We offer the following three day courses:  
  SCS I for the Spine  
  SCS II for the Extremities  
  SCS PP for Pelvic Pain  
  SCS UQ of the Upper Quarter for PT’s and OT’s  
  SCS FI - Fascial Introduction  
  SCS III-Cranial & Advanced Techniques  (Pre-Requisite:  Any one-SCS I, II, PP or UQ)
SCS IV-Facilitated SCS with Review (Pre-Requisite: SCS I, II and III)
  SCS VC for the Viscera  (Pre-Requisite:  SCS FI, or any fasical course prior to 1/1/2015)  
  SCS LV for the Lymphatic-Venous   (Pre-Requisite: SCS FI, or any fasical course prior to 1/1/2015)  
  SCS AR for the Arterial Systems  (Pre-Requisite: SCS FI, or any fasical course prior to 1/1/2015)  
  SCS N1 for the Nervous System, Part 1 (Pre-Requisite: SCS FI, or any fasical course prior to 1/1/2015)  
*Classic Courses are:  I, UQ, PP, II, III & IV                   *Fasical Courses are:  FI, VC, LV, AR & N1 
  Each course is open to all licensed healthcare professionals.  
  Completion of the SCS course series permits students to test their knowledge and clinical competency in the SCS approach and attain the Jones Strain Counterstrain Certification (JSCC). Click on the “Certification” button (left) for more information.  
  What is SCS?  
  Strain and Counterstrain, originally called “positional release technique,” was developed in 1955 by an osteopathic physician named Lawrence Jones. He is one of the co-founders of the Jones Institute. In observing a skilled Strain and Counterstrain practitioner you will immediately be impressed with how gentle and non-traumatic this technique is for treating the painful patient. A clinician is quickly able to assess the entire body for areas of pain and dysfunction and the involvement of the patient in assisting to guide the clinician’s movement of their body enhances the therapeutic benefit of the treatment. Let’s explore how this innovative system works and who can benefit from this gentle technique.  
  How Does It Work?  
  Strain and Counterstrain is a manual therapy technique, meaning the clinician uses only their hands, to treat muscle and joint pain and dysfunction. It uses passive body positioning of spasmed muscles and dysfunctional joints toward positions of comfort or tissue ease that compress or shorten the offending structure. The purpose of movement toward shortening is to relax aberrant reflexes that produce the muscle spasm forcing immediate reduction of tone to normal levels. This allows the joints influenced by the now relaxed muscle to function optimally increasing its range of motion and easing muscle pain. Strain and Counterstrain 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.  
  Who Can Benefit From Strain and Counterstrain?  
  Strain and Counterstrain has an extremely broad application for physical ailments and can be used for the very acute traumas (i.e., sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, ankle sprains, post-surgical, etc.) to the more chronic (i.e., osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, TMJ pain, headaches, etc.). Its value with the acute patient is unmatched because it is so gentle and non-traumatic. The clinician is guided by what feels good to the patient and often dramatic changes are made in decreased pain, muscle guarding, and swelling. These changes facilitate the patient’s healing processes for a faster and complete recovery. The gentleness of strain and counterstrain makes it safe and effective for treating fragile patients (i.e., infants with torticollis, elderly patients with osteoporosis, stress fractures, pregnancy or pelvic pain patients, post-operative pain, etc.) and the pain associated with excessive joint motion or hyper-mobility. Strain and Counterstrain is valuable for the chronic pain patient because it will treat out a longstanding neuromuscular problem reducing the tone of a muscle in spasm. By diminishing he spasm muscle pain is abated and joint function is normalized.  
  Strain and Counterstain is a non-traumatic manual therapy technique that can be used on a large population of musculoskeletal pain patients. If you can benefit from this technique look for a clinician who has attended Jones Institute Strain Counterstrain course.   
  You may also use our “Search for Practitioner” feature located on the home page of our website.  

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