Positional release is a form of complete body evaluation and treatment. It uses comfortable body positions and the release of tender points to relieve pain and discomfort. The main goal of the therapy is to improve the health and functioning of the body as a whole by correcting any imbalances of the musculoskeletal system.
Treatment sessions will usually only last half an hour in length. The exception to this is that the first session typically lasts an hour. This is because during the first session the therapist and patient will spend a little time getting to know one another and the therapist will be informed of the medical history of the patient. Most dysfunctions of the patient can be treated in just three to five sessions.
Tender points are localized areas found in the muscle tissue, which are used as indicators of the location of the dysfunctions and also used to determine when reduction of the discomfort has occurred. Once these areas of pain have been located, the body is placed into a comfortable position in order to reduce the discomfort in that specific area of the body. This position of comfort is then held for approximately two to three minutes depending on the nature of the dysfunction. It involves no force and the patients remain fully clothed during the procedure.
For the next two days directly after the positional release the patient may feel a little bit of soreness. It may be in the muscle area that was directly treated or it could be a completely unrelated area. The soreness should not be alarming as it is a natural part of the healing process. It is caused by the manipulation of the muscle tissue and reorganization of soft tissue that occurred during the treatment. After these few days the discomfort will fade away as the body heals, and the patient will begin to feel better overall. They will begin to feel more relaxed in the areas that were treated, allowing for greater range of motion with less discomfort.
Positional Release helps to reduce pain in the ligaments, tendons and muscles, decreases joint pain, helps with reflux, and helps with irritable bowel syndrome. This is achieved by decreasing muscles spasms, ligament and tendon tension, pain, swelling, joint hypomobility, and increasing strength and circulation. Positional release is most effective for individuals whose pain is the result of a direct physical injury or dysfunction, for example Fibromyalgia.