Positional Release Therapy
by Lisa Poole on Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Positional Release Therapy (PRT) is a gentle way to reduce pain and discomfort in muscle. I can incorporate PRT into a typical massage to focus on areas of greater discomfort and pain.
Positional release therapy is derived from a form of osteopathy; strain counters strain therapy. It is a technique that will move the body into a position on comfort allowing the muscles to become slack for a period of time (90 seconds to 3 minutes). This will allow the muscle to reset or reboot to bring about balance and relief.
Tender points or “hot spots” are localized areas in the muscle tissue that indicate an area of dysfunction. Once the tender point is found the body is positioned in a way to bring about comfort and release the dysfunction. PRT is safe to use on damaged or inflamed tissue. It can be done over clothing. A short session can be used to focus on troubled areas and generally bring about relief for a few days, sometimes permanently.
Neck Muscles that can have tender points.
The neck and shoulder are an area that can have a lot of tender points. Daily postures can cause repetitive stains on the upper body. Positional Release Therapy is a great way to treat these problem areas.