Passive Positional Releasing

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Effective with headaches, chronic neck pain, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, sciatica,and post surgical conditions.

Passive Positional Releasing is the process of identifying points of tenderness in muscle tissue associated with pain and restricted movement; then the practitioner gently slowly positions the body in such a way that the muscle shortens greater then it is shortened in its current contraction allowing immediate pain relief.  The practitioner hold the position for 90 seconds. If this is the appropriate muscle/position then the pain often seems to miraculously disappear.

The story goes that in the 1950s Lawrence Jones, DO was treating someone with a severe pain and spasm when the phone rang.  He put the person in as comfortable a position as he could find and stepped away to answer the phone.  Upon returning, when he took the patient out of the position, the pain was gone. So Jones experimented with other patients.  At some point he determined the tender point as a point of reference or measurement.  Him and his son-in-law Randall Kusnose, PT established The Jones Institute in 1988 where they taught his work.  Other DOs of his time in the 50s, such as Fred Mitchell, Basham, Loren Rex, Leon Chaitow, Lincoln Pauls of Orthobionomy learned of his work and taught it either as Jones did or with their own variations.  Some of their students have spawned current forms such as  “Structural Relief Therapy “by licensed massage practitioner, Taya Countryman or  “Passive Posititonal Release” by the doctor’s , Kerry D’Ambrogio of Oriental Medicine and Physical Therapy & George Roth of Chiropractic and Naturopathy.

Jerome studied with Basham and Countryman.  Corinne studied with Pauls, Rex, DO, Jones Inst. and Countryman.  We,also, draw on Ambrogio & Roth’s excellent Passive Positional Release Therapy manual. 


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