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Excerpt — Clinical Guide to Positional Release Therapy With Web Resource

What is positional release therapy?

Positional release therapy, also known by its parent term strain counterstrain, is a therapeutic technique that uses a position of comfort of the body, its appendages, and its tissues to resolve somatic dysfunction. Somatic dysfunction is defined as a disturbance in the sensory or proprioceptive system that results in spinal segmental tissue facilitation and inhibition (Korr 1975).

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Anterior and Middle Scalenes

The anterior and middle scalenes share an anatomical significance and are of critical importance when thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is suspected. Because the neurovascular bundle (brachial plexus and subclavian artery and vein) of the cervical spine passes between these two muscles, hypertonicity of these muscles can impinge on the bundle and lead to TOS.

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Postmastectomy interventions

The classical treatment for breast cancer based on 2014 NCCN guidelines includes two options: breast conservation therapy consisting of a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy, or a more aggressive approach such as mastectomy with or without radiation.

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Postconcussion Syndrome

A concussion is a traumatically induced disturbance in brain function that may or may not involve the loss of consciousness (Reddy 2011). Injury to the brain is mainly considered a neurometabolic dysfunction, which occurs as a result of imparted linear and rotational forces to the brain within the cranial vault (Herring et al. 2011).

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