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                                               What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
                                                           By Greg Merriman



   Neuromuscular Therapy is a form of Physical Therapy. It is drug-free and predominantly hands on
non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on the effective treatment of pain and changes in
sensations treating not only the musculoskeletal systems but also with a unique focus on treating
fascia and myofascial trigger points.

 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy offers a unique holistic (whole body) approach to health care.
Neuromuscular Physical Therapists do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use
various manual soft tissue manipulation techniques to bring balance to all the systems of the body,
through neuromuscular and fascial interventions in an effort to provide a foundation that encourages a
return to or maintenance of good health and wellbeing.

 The philosophy of European Neuromuscular Physical Therapy is what sets it apart from other
complementary medical disciplines. The key principles are based on all parts of the body functioning
together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body is restricted or experiencing pain, then the rest
of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness and
other health conditions. Neuromuscular Physical Therapy takes account of the dynamic contractile
ability of human fascia and the formation, etiology and treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points.

 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy is the ideal complement to primary health care professionals and
General Practitioners (i.e Medical Doctors) work. Treatment of pain and injury is one aspect of
Neuromuscular Physical Therapy, however, a preventative role is also evident as when the body is free
of restrictions in movement, Neuromuscular Physical Therapy treatment assists the body with pain
minimisation, reduced stress and greater mobility providing the body with the opportunity to heal itself
thereby avoiding knock-on negative effects.

 Exercise and Nutrition expert John Sharkey MSc is the director and founder of European
Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. Neuromuscular Therapy is also established in North America (i.e
American Version) but differs significantly from the European style. There are several training centres
in Ireland offering professional training in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy up to Higher Diploma level.
With the best ones, students enjoy the fact that they have access to some of the world’s leading
authorities in the area including eminent lecturers such as Leon Chaitow and Judith DeLany.


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So what can students learn during such a course:

 There are CCME course as an advanced Complementary Medical Educational (CME) programme
involving Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Manipulation techniques including:

• Primary and Advanced Anatomy & Physiology
• Exercise Physiology
• Neuro Physiology
• Cadaver Studies
• Myology
• Soft Tissue Release
• Muscle Energy Techniques
• Trigger Point Techniques
• Neuromuscular Techniques
• Positional and Myofascial Release

 What is most important, is that graduates can start a successful career in physical therapy provided
they meet general requirements.
 In addition to following a strict code of ethics, all licensed Neuromuscular and Physical Therapists
must be a member of a recognised professional body such as the Association of Neuromuscular
Therapists. Membership of this Association allows a therapists patients to benefit from health
insurance payments.

 The combination of continuing education and professional status will offer the reassurance which the
public demand before a course of treatment commences. Patients will be able to verify the professional
status of therapists using an on-line licensing register.

This article was written by National Training Centre – http://www.ntc.ie – providing Fitness Courses
Dublin, Pilates Courses, Sports Massage Courses and Personal Trainer Certification.




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                                                       Neuromuscular Therapy
                                                          By Sharon Hopkins



What is Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy is a system of soft tissue massage techniques that were developed in the
1930’s by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. Neuromuscular therapy aims to balance the central nervous
system with the musculoskeletal system correct any disorders brought about as a result of any
imbalances between the two. Neuromuscular therapy enhances the function of joints and muscles, and
speeds healing by facilitating the release endorphins.

How does Neuromuscular Therapy work

Neuromuscular therapy was developed after an intensive study of the nervous system and its
interaction with the musculoskeletal system. When the relationship between the two systems is not in a
state of homoeostatic balance, chronic myofascial pain or dysfunction can occur. Neuromuscular
therapy aims to restore homoeostasis between the two systems.

Neuromuscular therapy has a holistic approach towards healing in that emphasis is laid on stimulating
the body to heal itself. Once this healing has begun, neuromuscular therapy techniques are used to
stimulate soft-tissue repair in the affected areas. During a typical session of neuromuscular therapy,
the therapist will first examine the patient and his or her medical history in attempt to accurately gauge
all the factors that are creating and prolonging 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.

Neuromuscular therapy works by addressing the following six physiological factors 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 an acute kind of chronic pain.

Postural distortions - 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 over all 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 – Stress plays havoc with the functioning of the nervous and musculoskeletal system.

Benefits of Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy is used to treat conditions such as chronic pain, sciatica, rotator cuff


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dysfunction, carpal tunnel syndrome, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and migraines. It is also
used in the treatment of some physical and sexual abuse-related traumas. Neuromuscular therapy is
also the most effective type of massage therapy for lower back pain.

Neuromuscular therapy is also used to locate and release spasms and hyper contractions in the tissue.
It aids the healing process for injured tissue, assists in venous and lymphatic flow, restores postural
alignment, and imparts flexibility to the tissues.

Sharon Hopkins authors web content for http://www.massagehealththerapy.com, which provides a
relaxing experience by artistic hand strokes on the body to rejuvenate and revitalize you. She also
writes for Yoga, Hair-n-Skin Care, Aromatherapy and other health websites.




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