Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

Kelli Snyder

Second Advisor

Tricia Schrage


Clinical Scenario: There are numerous types of manual therapies clinicians utilize in the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Lawrence Jones developed Strain-Counterstrain, or Positional Release Technique, in 1964 as a method of spontaneously correcting lesions.1 In Jones’ original text, he defines the treatment protocol as such; locate any myofascial trigger points, place the patient into the position of comfort that corresponds to each individual trigger point, hold the patient in the position for 90 seconds.1 This treatment method has been referred to as both StrainCounterstrain and Positional Release Technique. Some research has determined that they are two different methods, however, the techniques described in the studies that fit the inclusion criteria were determined to be the same techniques Dr. Jones used in his original research. Focused Clinical Question: Is there evidence to support the efficacy of strain-counterstrain as a treatment for upper trapezius pathologies?

Year of Submission



School of Kinesiology, Allied Health, and Human Services

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


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