Strain-counter strain

Strain-Counter Strain is a manual medicine technique discovered by chance in the 1960’s by Lawrence Jones an American Osteopath (DO). It‘s a gentle form of treatment and virtually painless or distressing. Despite this, it is remarkably effective for all levels of spinal pain as well as some peripheral muscular pains. Tender chest wall areas also respond well.

It is not effective for severely compressed spinal nerve roots which have been deemed to require surgery.


Prolotherapy has been used for many decades especially in the USA. Its use is essentially for damaged ligaments and joints. The underlying concept is to inject the damaged ligament or joint with a concentrated Dextrose solution. This is said to be followed with an irritation of the region and an inflammatory response which lasts about 100 hours. This is then associated with the release of growth factors which then promote tissue repair. Several sessions may be required to achieve an optimal response. Osteoarthritis of the knee can be helped significantly in a good proportion of cases.

Neural Prolotherapy

Neural prolotherapy or peri-neural injection is a new technique for treatment of neuropathic pain which we are currently using and evaluating. It was discovered by Dr John Lyftgot a NZ Sports Doctor about 10 years ago. He has trained many Doctors in Australia, USA, Mexico and Italy.

The technique involves injecting a weak Dextrose solution near tender points along peripheral nerves. It is believed that it down regulates the damaged nerve’s pain sensors (receptors).Some patients have had excellent long lasting results where as others have been unsatisfactory.

No complications have occurred since treatment started in December 2011.

Neuropathic pain

This type of pain is said to originate from damaged nerves. The nerves may originate directly from the brain or spinal cord or more likely they are located peripherally. There is a network of these nerves located under the skin. If these nerves get injured or trapped they become super sensitive and over respond to even a very weak stimulus e.g. a light stroke or touch. The resulting over reaction is known as neuropathic pain which can cause sensations of: burning, unbearable ache or shooting pain, painful cold feelings, electric shocks, pins and needles, tingling, numbness or even itching in the region of damaged nerve. This pain pattern is notoriously poorly responsive to most pain killers and even narcotics. Some medications can give some respite from this unpleasant experience.

Only Dr S.Messina uses prolotherapy, neural prolotherapy, manual therapy and strain /counter strain.

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