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How Strain Counterstrain Physical Therapy Works

Strain Counterstrain therapy corrects an overactive stretch reflex. An overactive stretch reflex causes muscle cells to contract constantly instead of just when a contraction is needed. Waste products build up in the muscles and create tender points which can be found in muscles, joints, and other systems in the body including nerves, arteries, and veins.

Strain Counterstrain physical therapy begins with a cranial scan and a comprehensive full-body assessment to identify tender points. Once points to address are identified, your therapist gently and painlessly applies specific techniques to release tension and correct your abnormal reflexes, promoting relaxation and restoring your body's natural balance.

Benefits of Counterstrain Physical Therapy 

Strain Counterstrain therapy offers numerous benefits, especially for those who have struggled to find relief through other therapies. Individuals who have previously tried physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, injections or medications without success find relief in Counterstrain physical therapy.

Counterstrain physical therapy has shown positive results for people with degenerative changes in their anatomy which may be evident in X-rays, MRIs or CT scans. By gently addressing underlying issues and promoting natural healing, Strain Counterstrain offers a promising solution for those seeking pain relief and improved overall comfort and function.

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Strain Counterstrain Therapy has been used to facilitate healing for a variety of conditions:
  • Acute pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bulging discs
  • Headaches
  • Heel spurs
  • Muscle strains
  • Sports injuries
  • Myofascial pain
  • Lyme disease
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Jaw pain
  • Whiplash
  • Ankle sprains


What I can expect after Strain Counterstrain treatment?

Patients usually experience less tenderness, less pain and restored quality of movement immediately following treatment. A small percentage of people experience soreness for 1-2 days following counterstrain therapy due to the release of waste buildup from tender points.

Counterstrain Therapy Near You

If you're searching for effective and gentle pain relief, counterstrain physical therapy at Total Health Inc. is the ideal solution for you. Whether you're dealing with chronic pain, joint stiffness or other difficult-to-explain symptoms, our highly trained and experienced fascial counterstrain therapists can help you rediscover pain-free movement. 

Total Health offers expert counterstrain therapy and comprehensive assessments to address your unique needs at our clinic in Menomonee Falls. Our skilled practitioners use the latest techniques to ensure a pain-free and enjoyable experience, facilitating your body's natural healing and improved well-being.

Don't let pain and discomfort hold you back from living the life you deserve. Take the first step toward a healthier and more vibrant you with Strain Counterstrain physical therapy.

We've helped people from all over Wisconsin and towns surrounding Menomonee Falls including Germantown, Butler and Wauwatosa.

Contact our physical therapists at our Menomonee Falls location to schedule a free initial phone consultation.

Meet your practitioners

Janell Strupp

Licensed Physical Therapist


Janell's background includes 30+ years of rehabilitation experience as a physical therapist. Since 2010, she has been focusing her efforts on a technique called Fascial Counterstrain. Backed by the latest research on fascia's role in reducing or eliminating sources of acute or chronic pain and inflammation, and having witnessed life changing effects in the lives of her family members and clients, she would love to share the benefits of this innovative technique with you.

Corianne Maas

Doctor of Physical Therapy


Corianne is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Fascial Counterstrain provider. Drawn to the gentle, integrated nature and power of the technique in her own journey to healing, Corianne knew that Counterstrain was something she needed to share with others. She would love to work with you using this evidence-based technique not only to overcome acute or chronic pain and discomfort, but also to promote ongoing wellness and longevity.

REAL Customer Testimonials & Reviews

I can now wash windows and rake leaves with more energy and freedom! My shoulder now allows me to apply enough pressure to write long hand! I can’t really describe it, but my insides also feel more freed! Janell commented that sometimes my adrenals and my sluggish lymph were being addressed. I chose not to mention my aching hand joints because there were bigger areas of need in my right shoulder and spine. Wouldn’t you know it, one day the cranial scan came up needing to address my lymphatics. Turned out that some of the dysfunction was caught in those knuckles, contributing to the shoulder bu... Read More

- Bonnie

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