What is Neuromuscular Therapy
Neuromuscular therapy is a physical therapy specializing in the treatment of soft tissue pain and injury. It enhances the functionality of joints, muscles and nerves and can improve healing by facilitating the return of appropriate muscle function throughout the body. Neuromuscular therapy has a special focus on the treatment of myofascial trigger points, local ischemia, postural alignment, neural interferences, biomechanical dysfunctions, nutritional factors and emotional wellbeing
Neuromuscular Therapy Treatments Methods
Treatment methods will vary to match individual needs and Aiden will conduct a consultation to ensure that the treatment plan is effective and suits your individual needs. You will receive a full examination of the kinetic chain to ensure that the source of the problem is being treated. Treatment methods include
- Myofascial Trigger point release
- Frequency specific microcurrent
- Muscle energy techniques
- Positional release
- Soft tissue release
The kinetic chain
The kinetic chain is your bones, muscles, nerves and fascia all acting as one to provide stability. These systems are linked together in a ubiquitous, continuous system and interconnect to generate, absorb and dissipate forces resulting in human movement. If any of these systems has a point of dysfunction or force it will have a direct impact on all the interconnecting systems and therefore can spread pain throughout the body (normally at the weakest point of the structure). The Thomas w Myers video below further demonstrates that thinking about our bodies differently will allow us to understand the cause of the pain and therefore enable us to treat and eliminate the pain
- This is the reason you will have pain in different areas that you have not connected as the same before
- Most people describe untreated pain as “it will go away in a few days” what is truly happening is that your body has adapted to the pain and the kinetic chain has been effected, resulting in pain elsewhere somewhere down the line.
- If the kinetic chain is not addressed it becomes the main reason for reoccurring pain.
Myofascial trigger points
One of the causes of tension in a muscle is myofascial trigger points. These can be formed from for example a traumatic event, calcium dysfunction, a lack of circulation in the muscle tissue or a lack of oxygen in the muscle tissue. If the myofascial trigger point is providing tension and therefore the potential shortening of a tissue then as discussed above it can have a direct impact throughout the kinetic chain. By assessing the referral patterns of myofascial trigger points throughout the body and treating the source not the condition, Aiden is able to eliminate pain in an area that previously had no success with other treatments.
Summary of trigger points
- Can be the cause of frozen shoulder, tennis/golfers elbow, sciatica, back pain, hip pain, knee pain and many more
- Painful to touch and found within your muscle tissue
- Provide referred pain or changes in sensation away from the point being treated
- Can be formed from a traumatic event, calcium dysfunction, a lack of circulation in the muscle tissue or a lack of oxygen in the muscle tissue.
- Can mimic everything from nerve pain, muscle tension, headaches, toothaches etc
- May cause the body to react differently than normal like skin irritations and dryness, excessive sweating, goose pimples etc
- If untreated will cause reoccurring pain
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