This technique is used to treat protective muscle spasms that cause structural and postural problems, resulting in painful ‘tenderpoints’. The therapist finds the client’s position of comfort by asking the client at what point the tenderness diminishes. The client is held in this position of comfort for about 90 seconds, during which time asymptomatic strain is induced through mild stretching, and then slowly brought out of this position, allowing the body to reset its muscles to a normal level of tension. This normal tension in the muscles sets the stage for healing. This technique is gentle enough to be useful for back problems that are too acute or too delicate to treat with other procedures. Muscle Balancing is especially effective in the acute stage, because it positions the client opposite of the restricted barrier and towards the position of greatest comfort.