Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) / Physical Therapy is aimed at balancing the central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system to correct any disorders brought about as a result of any imbalances between the two.
NMT / Physical Therapy improves the function of joints and muscles, and speeds healing by facilitating the release of endorphins.
This form of therapy is generally chosen if the patient is suffering from long-term chronic pain or specific medical conditions.
Neuromuscular Therapy has a ‘whole’ approach towards healing where emphasis is on stimulating the body to heal itself. Various techniques are used to stimulate soft-tissue repair in the affected areas.
What to expect
During a typical session of Neuromuscular / Physical Therapy, after filling out your consultation form, where all relevant information is given about the history of the problem, the therapist will then examine the patient and his or her medical history in an attempt to accurately assess all the factors that are creating and prolonging their pain. Once the problem areas have been identified, alternating levels of concentrated pressure are applied on the areas of muscle spasm with the fingers, knuckles or elbow.
How does treatment work?
The following six physiological factors are addressed which can intensify pain patterns. They are:
Trigger points - trigger points are highly irritable points in the nervous system.
Nerve entrapment/compression - when a nerve gets pressed constantly between the surrounding structures, it can lead to pain.
Posture - Postural distortions result in underdevelopment of the supporting muscles and thereby lead to their weakening.
Nutrition - Lack of adequate nutrition to the cells leads to an overall weakening of the entire system.
Ischemia - In a condition such as Ischemia, the cells and tissues get a reduced blood supply and as a result are under-nourished.
Stress - High loads of stress can adversely affect the functioning of the nervous and musculoskeletal system.
Just some of the many conditions treated by Neuromuscular / Physical Therapy:
Recurring back /neck pain - Sciatica (radiating pain into the lower limbs) - Joint pain - Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) - Rotator cuff dysfunction - Carpal tunnel syndrome - Headaches / Migraines - Chronic neck pain - Jaw pain (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction - TMJ).