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Positional Release

positional release

understanding positional release technique

PRT, or Positional Release Technique, was originally developed by Laurence Jones DO who accidentally placed a patient into a position of ease. The patient spontaneously experienced relief after resting in the position of ease for 20 minutes with no other treatment being performed. Instead of attempting to resist and counter the position of distortion which was causing more pain, he further exaggerated the strain pattern. Strain/counterstrain, or Positional Release, was witnessed and further refined by other clinicians.

How positional release works

The clinician can use specific diagnostics to measure pain while using positional release techniques, such as tender point sensitivity opposite to the painful/restricted motion. It is hypothesized that PRT is effective through proprioceptive, nociceptive, and/or circulatory physiological responses.