What is post-isometric relaxation?

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Post-isometric relaxation (PIR) is a method of diagnostic and therapeutic medicine that is performed through manual therapy. Also, it is one of the methods of physiotherapy exercises, which has become a separate branch in the field of medicine and includes diagnosis, treatment and prevention measures.

The healing effects of post-isometric relaxation

PIR has many positive effects on human health:

  • Muscular-fascial rigidity will be eliminated;
  • The pain is stopped;
  • Reflex muscle spasm will be eliminated;
  • The afferent innervation is activated;
  • A receptor response will be triggered in the area of the joint capsule;
  • The functional blockade of the joints will be eliminated.

Post-isometric relaxation consists of:

  • Exercise therapy;
  • Physiotherapy;
  • Manual therapy;
  • Reflexology;
  • Various forms of medications.

Post-isometric relaxation technique

Treatment takes place by stretching the soft tissues in the way that the doctor sets, depending on the disease and its severity. During this procedure, the muscles must “respond” with short-term resistance, followed by an increase in the amplitude of muscle stretching and relaxation. This effect should occur several times in one procedure.

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Such a procedure must be carried out under the strict supervision of a specialist for controlling the overstrain of the patient’s muscles, the specialist for the best result, can use synchronous manipulation with the act of breathing or with the direction of the head. Excessive muscle tension can only worsen the entire pathological process.

While stretching the muscle, the patient should feel a stretch and a slight burning sensation. However, if the pain is intense, then the exercise technique is performed incorrectly.

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Post-isometric relaxation has a very good effect on the musculo-ligamentous apparatus with its gentle methods, and this fact is best known to all people who are interested in medicine.

One session lasts from 15 to 45 minutes and should be performed daily. A more accurate treatment will be selected by the attending physician, based on the disease and condition of the patient. The post-isometric relaxation course consists of 10 procedures.

When is it necessary to go through PIR?

For the following indications, we recommend a post-isometric relaxation procedure:

  • During preliminary preparation of muscles before subsequent manipulations;
  • Pain syndrome in the joints, muscle-tonic syndrome;
  • Presence of local hypertonicity;
  • Neurological manifestations of degenerative-dystrophic diseases of the spine.
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Medical evidences for PIR:

  • Muscular trophic and neurodystrophic syndrome;
  • Pain in the neck, shoulder girdle, upper limbs;
  • Shoulder-scapular periarthritis;
  • Headache with degenerative-dystrophic changes in the cervical spine;
  • Muscular tension;
  • Dorsalgia, lumbodynia and other myofascial syndromes in the spine;
  • Arthritis of the knee and hip joints;
  • Pain in the temporomandibular joint;
  • Hernia, protrusion.

Contraindications to PIR:

In any method of treatment, there are several contraindications for performing one or another medical manipulation. Likewise, there are several contraindications in PIR that should be taken into account before choosing this rehabilitation method:

  • Presence of fever;
  • Damage to the skin in the area of the intended impact;
  • Patient refusal;
  • Severe pain during the manipulation;
  • Decompensation of cardiovascular diseases;
  • Cardiopulmonary failure above stage 2-3;
  • Thrombophlebitis, thrombosis, thromboembolism;
  • Heart rhythm disturbances;
  • Atherosclerosis of the vessels of the brain;
  • Transient ischemic attack.

No effect during the post-isometric relaxation procedure

As with other treatments, this procedure may not have a beneficial effect. However, this can happen rarely.

For example, in these:

  • The patient has not been sufficiently examined and no concomitant pathologies of the nervous system have been identified;
  • The patient was not found to have muscle tone disorders in other muscle groups;
  • In cases when the procedure was performed by a doctor who has a poor understanding of the mechanism of the onset of pathology, does not know anatomy, physiology, neurology and the basics of manual therapy.

This happens only in rare cases, but we hasten to inform you that only highly qualified professionals work in our clinic who have helped hundreds of patients without a single complaint. Having completed the procedure with us, you can be 100% confident in the effectiveness and efficiency of this treatment!

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