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"A car accident left me without a single bruise, but a week later I started experiencing radiating pain in my neck and shoulders. It turned out that the repetitive movements I performed at my job, as well as spending so much time sitting in the car and at my desk, exacerbated the minor effects of the accident.

I thought the pain would just work itself out, but it hadn't after several months. I was beginning to think I was just going to have to live with it and then I decided to try PRT.

The session was fast and immediately got rid of my soreness. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least and recommend PRT for any pains that nothing else seems to help."

-J.M.
New York City
(917) 952-8052
What is Positional Release Therapy?

The human body is a complex system of moving parts where everything has to work together as a whole. We have 12 systems in the body and they are all interconnected. For this reason an injury in one area can cause pain in other areas of the body. Also, when you injure one part, you begin to protect and stop using the injured part. This makes other parts of the body work harder to compensate for the injury. An example of this would be pain in your right hip after recovering from an injury to your left ankle. This happens because when you favor your left ankle, your left hip then picks up the slack.

Most people will experience assorted aches and pains throughout their lifetime and 70% of this pain is muscle-related. Positional Release Therapy (PRT) is a pain relief technique that helps mainly with this neuromuscular pain, but it can also aid in the relief of an assortment of other aches, soreness and tender spots. It can even work to relieve migraine and tension headaches.

The History of PRT

Dr. Lawrence Jones developed PRT in the 1950s after discovering that placing the body in different positions not only relieved pain, but it also sped healing and recovery. He made this fortunate discovery by accident when working with a patient that had a back injury. The patient couldn't spend more than 15 minutes on his feet and also struggled to find comfortable resting positions.

After 6 weeks with no improvement, Dr. Jones decided to spend an entire session helping his patient just get comfortable. To do this, he positioned the patient's body in various ways until he found a painless position. From this experience he created the practice that he first called Spontaneous Release by Positioning, and later he called it Strain and Counterstrain Technique, which evolved into today's PRT.

What Ailments Does PRT Heal?

PRT is highly effective in relieving various types of pain, especially muscle pain. It can help to heal almost anything from minor aches like pulled muscles to debilitating, chronic back pain, migraine headaches and even fibromyalgia. Muscle strains and sprains, joint pain, and even deeper bone pain can be remedied using this specialized technique. PRT is also used to treat muscle spasms, muscle tension, and even joint swelling and stiffness. It can improve range of motion that has been limited by injury or pain as well.

Other ailments that PRT can relieve include:

  • acute pain
  • sports injuries
  • whiplash
  • orthopedic problems
  • temporomandibular joint pain
  • stress-related pain

How Does It Work?

Certain body positions, when held for a period of time, actually work to reset the body's proprioceptive and neuromuscular systems. The muscular system is made up of sensors known as proprioceptors, which can be stimulated in different ways. When the correct stimulus is applied to the sensors it returns the muscular, nervous, and skeletal system to a healthier, more balanced state and thus reduces pain.

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How A Positional Release Therapist Reduces Pain

Positional Release Therapy

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"Positional Release Therapy is a technique which uses comfortable body positions to relieve  neoromuscular pain, soreness and tenderness. Pain is often caused by imbalance in the body due to compensation from an injury. Positional Release Therapy (PRT) helps relieve this."

-Eugene Wood, LTM
Positional Release Therapist using the technique on a woman in NYC.

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Positional Release Therapy
Do you often suffer from annoying soreness in your muscles or bothersome joint pain? Do you find yourself taking pain relief or anti-inflammatory medication daily to deal with your pain? Were you injured playing sports or in a car accident and you just can't seem to get yourself back to your old self? PRT is a more natural approach to pain relief and it can work for a wide variety of pains.

Eugene Wood is a licensed NYC massage and positional release therapist that can help. If you've been injured or you're suffering from minor pain to severe pain then PRT is definitely worth considering. To find out if this increasingly popular therapy may be right for you, then please contact Eugene Wood for your free consultation.
In a PRT session, the tender, sore, or painful places on the patient's body are first located. The Positional Release Therapist then positions the body to maximize the comfort level. This position is then held for about 90 seconds. Then the body is placed moved into a position of comfort until the patient experience the "release" of Positional Release Therapy.

The PRT patient will feel a variety of sensations like warmth, vibrations, and above all, a relief of their pain. When the release occurs the pain will be replaced by a feeling of relaxation in the tender location. After the release the patient slowly returns from the position. Depending upon the patient and the type of pain, complete relief can take from one to several sessions. Many patients report at least a 70% improvement in their symptoms after just the first session.
Pain is often caused by an imbalance. The body is very dynamic and injuries affect this delicate balance.

Even after you've recovered from an injury, you may still experience aches and discomfort, such as with the left ankle and right hip example mentioned previously. The injury to your ankle causes the opposite hip to be overworked.
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