ABOUT NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY
Neuromuscular Therapy (also referred to as 'Integrative Neurosomatic Therapy' is a methodology developed primarily by Paul St. John for assessing, treating, and preventing soft tissue injuries and chronic pain.
Well researched soft-tissue manipulation techniques are used to restore postural integrity and eliminate the causes of most neuromuscular pain patterns.
Treatment is designed to guide the client through the five stages of rehabilitation:
1. Eliminate sources of pain (muscle spasm etc)
2. Restore functional range of motion (flexibility)
3. Restore proper biomechanics
4. Increase muscle strength and endurance
5. Increase functional training
Our purpose is to not only to eliminate the pain, but educate the patient on ways to prevent recurrence of the injury.
Neuromuscular therapists treat the WHOLE body not just individual parts, in other words, we treat the CAUSE not just the symptoms.This specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief will help to bring about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, as well as enhancing the functioning of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement).It can be safely & effectively used in conjunction with other medical modalities (GP, specialist, nutritionist, physiotherapist, personal trainer, etc).
HISTORY OF NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY
Neuromuscular Therapy was developed in the 1930s in England by Dr Stanley Lief who trained in the United States as a chiropractor and naturopath. The discipline has since been further developed by therapists and researchers such as Paul St John, Judith Walker DeLaney, Leon Chaitow, Raymond Nimmo, John Upledger, Janet Travell and many others, to become the comprehensive therapy that it is today.The therapy has become recognised for its success and integrity with qualified Neuromuscular Therapists in very high demand.
WHAT IS THE BASIS OF NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY?
Neuromuscular Therapy is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system maintains homoeostatic balance and how pain is interpreted and manifested within the body. Neuromuscular Therapy restores homoeostasis between the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.Some of the laws utilised include: The Law of Facilitation; Davis' Law; Pfluger's Law; Arndt Schultz Law; Hilton's Law.
HOW IS PAIN REDUCED?
Neuromuscular therapists have very comprehensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system & its interaction with the nervous system. This knowledge enables the therapist to not only target specific muscles for thorough treatment but also understand the interactions and changes that will be occurring within the body as a result of dysfunction. For example, dysfunction stabiliser muscles (i.e. multifidi) can inhibit the innervation of mobiliser muscles, such as the gluteals or erector spinae muscles.Very specific pressure is applied to trigger points and painful / dysfunctional tissue which interrupts nerve impulses to pain receptors and consequently feedback loops to the spinal cord (sympathetic nervous system). This reduces the activated injury patterns as well as the intensity of the feedback loops. This pressure also mechanically forces out toxic irritants that have accumulated at nerve receptor sites. Circulation within muscles will improve and endorphins (natural pain killer hormones) are also released.
WHAT ARE THE MEASUREABLE BENEFITS?
Neuromuscular Therapy can dramatically increase flexibility, balance, muscular strength & endurance. Clients often also experience positive changes in energy, sleep, digestion and overall attitude and quality of life.