Check out the RESULTS from the January 2020 Technique of the Month! We reviewed a technique classified by the demonstrator as Counterstrain or Facilitated Positional Release.
What were respondents’ choices to classify the demonstrated technique?
- A majority of respondents indicated Counterstrain or Facilitated Positional Release (69%, 33/48) was their first choice for categorizing this technique.
- 79% (38/48) of respondents listed Counterstrain or Facilitated Positional Release as one of their first 3 choices for categorizing this technique.
What did respondents say when they learned the technique demonstrator classified the technique as Counterstrain or Facilitated Positional Release?
- Respondents who Agreed with the Classification of the Demonstrated Technique (Counterstrain or Facilitated Positional Release was one of their 3 choices)
- It could not be considered FPR, because there was no facilitating force. Sorry to be critical, but I think it was a very poor demonstration of counterstrain. For counterstrain, there was no quantification of the reduction of tenderness (no baseline pain scale, no subsequent request of reduced tenderness), no fine-tuning of positioning (to optimally reduce tenderness), and it was not held for 90 seconds (or close to this duration).
- wonderful demonstration!
- no, it was pretty straight forward
- was well demonstrated and explained. the use of the term holding it for a ‘moment’ was mildly confusing, but not inaccurate. maybe stating that she held it until a release was felt or for a generally accepted time period might have helped in the consistency of the demonstration. Otherwise was a good demonstration of the counterstain concept and technique.
- Respondents who Disagreed with Classification of the Demonstrated Technique (Counterstrain or Facilitated Positional Release was not one of their 3 choices)
- No comments
Notes from the DO-Touch.NET Technical Staff
- When treatment demonstrators are instructed to perform their technique, they are told to not use terms that would make the category of their technique obvious. In this case, using “holding this position for 90 seconds” would have given away the category for the technique. The demonstrator, instead, used the term “for a moment”.
- As a reminder, the volunteer “patients” for these videos likely do not have an indication for the technique being performed. For example, in this demonstration, the “patient” was not instructed to report changes in a pain scale because the clinician did not elicit pain at the baseline testing. Improvements in role playing on the part of the “patients” will be considered for future demonstrations.