The purpose is to to not only eliminate the pain, but also educate the patient on ways to prevent recurrence of the injury. Neuromuscular therapy fills a void left by traditional health care and massage by analyzing soft tissue causes of pain. According to recent research approximately 90% of pain symptoms are considered idiopathic, which means there is no known cause.
Neuromuscular therapy is a way to examine and thoroughly explore the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in order to find these hidden sources of pain. Restoring proper structure and biomechanics not only alleviates pain, but also can positively affect a variety of physiological conditions.
As the neurological law known as Wolff's Law states "form follows function and function follows form". In other words, a distortion in the form of the body is often correlated to improper function of the body. For example, when you injure a muscle it weakens, and your brain starts using other muscles to compensate. The "catch" is that once this compensation pattern forms, it can become your "new normal" way of doing something and it can persist indefinitely, in spite of all your efforts. It becomes "programmed" into your nervous system and treating your muscles in all the usual ways often has little or no effect on it. Thus, it becomes a mystifying pattern of weakness tension, aches, and pains that often feel like an invisible wall you cannot seem to break through. Neuromuscular therapy can help resolve this, not by trying to plow through this invisible wall, but by retraining your nervous system that the compensation is no longer necessary. Neuromuscular therapy is a precise system of muscle release to help your brain remember how to coordinate and reconnect with each muscle that has been weakened by injury or repetitive overuse fatigue.
Whether you are a disciplined athlete, seasoned workout fanatic, busy parent flying about after your children or just too busy with life; the stresses and strains of everyday living can, and probably will, take its toll on your body at some stage. This can manifest as an aching back, a muscle pull or sometimes, just a non-specific nagging pain. For all these ailments and many more Neuromuscular Therapy can help ease the burden on your body and get you back on track.
Benefits of Neuromuscular Therapy:
If you are experiencing acute or chronic pain, neuromuscular therapy can often reduce or eliminate your symptoms within a short amount of time. It is proven effective for many conditions including:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitive Strain Injury
Even if you are not experiencing discomfort, neuromuscular therapy can be beneficial for increasing and maintaining flexibility, injury prevention, stress reduction, increased athletic performance and overall well-being.
A therapist trained in NMT (Neuromuscular Therapy) is educated in muscle /massage therapy, anatomy, physiology, myology and the physiology of the nervous system and its effect on the muscular and skeletal systems.
Neuromuscular Therapy uses five basic elements that address the cause pain:
1. Ischemia: Lack of blood supply to soft tissues, which causes hypersensitivity to touch. The lack of oxygen causes the muscle to produce lactic acid. Lactic acid builds up causes pain and soreness following physical activity.
2. Trigger Points: Hyper-irritated points in muscles which refer pain to other parts of the body
3. Nerve Compression or Entrapment: Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage or bone
4. Postural Distortion: Imbalance of the muscular system resulting from the movement of the body off the longitudinal and horizontal planes
5. Biomechanical Dysfunction: Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns (i.e., poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing of tennis stroke, computer keyboarding)
Neuromuscular therapy is a structurally integrative approach to pain relief. The method is based on finding improper structural and biomechanical patterns in the patient's body through postural assessment. Once these patterns are evaluated, a comprehensive therapy program is designed to guide the client through the five stages of rehabilitation:
1. Eliminate muscle spasm
2. Restore flexibility
3. Restore proper biomechanics
4. Increase muscle strength
5. Increase muscular endurance