Module 4: Counterstrain for the Arterial System

In Module 4, students will learn to master the assessment and treatment of the Arterial System.  As in the previous courses, competence with the entire cranial scan will be emphasized in addition to the mastering of treatment techniques specifically for the arteries of the body.  The applicability of these techniques to clinical presentations continues to be emphasized, and updates of both the cranial scan and treatment techniques are incorporated into the course.

As in Modules 2 and 3, the labs in Module 4 are broken down into smaller pieces than the 3-day immersion course taught through the Jones Institute, enabling students to spend more time practicing each technique. This, in addition to the expansion of the program to 40 hours and much smaller class sizes, provides a superior learning environment.  Instructors are able to spend time mentoring each student, ensuring an appropriate level of competence with the technique in its entirety. This includes the treatment of subsystems (medullary arteries, spinal and radicular arteries, arterial supply to the viscera, etc.) head/neck, trunk and extremities.

Emphasis on precision with palpation of landmarks, tenderpoints and the cranial scan continues to be a priority throughout the program, enabling students to constantly improve their skills of Counterstrain assessment and treatment. This inevitably translates to superior performance in the clinical application of Counterstrain, as students of the Academy not only learn to speak the language of the body, but attain unparalleled fluency.

All levels of Counterstrain practitioners are welcome, but you must have completed Modules 1, 2 and 3 in addition to the Jones Institute’s Counterstrain for the Arterial System. 

Learning Outcomes for Module 4: Counterstrain for the Arterial System:

  1. Students will demonstrate understanding and be able to restate, in their own words, the concepts and theory of arterial dysfunction as it pertains to the Counterstrain method of manual therapy.
  2. Students will demonstrate the proper steps required to use Counterstrain to release reflex protective spasm and extinguish tender points for the arterial system.
  3. Students will demonstrate proper Cranial Scan and treatment sequencing for the arterial system.
  4. Students will palpate and identify all of the bony landmarks associated with ribcage surface anatomy for the arterial system.
  5. Students will palpate and identify all of the regions associated with the Counterstrain Cranial Scan for the arterial system.
  6. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the Counterstrain Cranial Scan for the arterial system.
  7. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the cervical region within the arterial system.
  8. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the cervical region within arterial system.
  9. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the cranium within the arterial system.
  10. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the cranium within the arterial system.
  11. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the upper anterior thoracic region within the arterial system.
  12. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the upper anterior thoracic region within the arterial system.
  13. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the lower anterior thoracic region within the arterial system.
  14. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the lower anterior thoracic region within the arterial system.
  15. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the upper posterior thoracic region within the arterial system.
  16. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the upper posterior thoracic region within the arterial system.
  17. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the lower posterior thoracic region within the arterial system.
  18. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the lower posterior thoracic region within the arterial system.
  19. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the anterior lumbo-pelvic region within the arterial system.
  20. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the anterior lumbo-pelvic region within the arterial system.
  21. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the lumbar region within the arterial system.
  22. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the lumbar region within the arterial system.
  23. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the pelvis within the arterial system.
  24. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the pelvis within the arterial system.
  25. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the anterior hip and thigh region within the arterial system.
  26. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the anterior hip and thigh region within the arterial system.
  27. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the posterior hip and thigh region within the arterial system.
  28. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the posterior hip and thigh region within the arterial system.
  29. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the knee within the arterial system.
  30. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the knee within the arterial system.
  31. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the proximal lower leg (calf) region within the arterial system.
  32. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the proximal lower leg (calf) region within the arterial system.
  33. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the foot and ankle region within the arterial system.
  34. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the foot and ankle region within the arterial system.
  35. Students will palpate and identify all of the tenderpoints associated with the anterior shoulder within the arterial system.
  36. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the anterior shoulder within the arterial system.
  37. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the posterior shoulder within the arterial system.
  38. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the posterior shoulder within the arterial system.
  39. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the upper extremity including elbow and hand within the arterial system.
  40. Students will demonstrate the proper Counterstrain technique for the upper extremity within the arterial system.