Inflexibility, Injury and Strain Protocols

In by Brad Tipper

Inflexibility, Injury and Strain Protocols

This third JAF unit addresses inflexibility and provides many skills to improve movement. Decreased flexibility and postural deviations may look like simple muscular imbalances from stress and strain but when these do not respond to usual measures the PKP practitioner knows that other tensions have not been addressed. For example, tendon tightness is as much a life pattern as a physical condition; the physical ‘unwinding’ technique incorporates another dimension when the issues behind the up-tight mental posture are also addressed.

This unit also considers the strain/counter-strain technique developed from the osteopathic approach to a painful condition caused by sustaining a postural position over a period of time and may include related mental and emotional inflexibility.

The PKP skills have interesting names like: injury recall technique, pitch, roll and yaw, strain/ counterstrain, unwinding, homolateral muscles, specific exercise selection, CIA stretch and shock absorber techniques to correct energy imbalances relating to inflexibility in joints.

Elements of learning:

  • Injury recall – St #8½b
  • Pitch, roll and yaw – St #6
  • Strain/counterstrain – R-St #1½a
  • Unwinding – St #9b
  • Homolateral muscles – St #6½b
  • Specific exercise selection – St #2½a
  • CIA stretch – St #7c
  • Utilise all techniques learned to date within the PKP™ Balancing Protocol


  • JAF 5.201