Neuro-muscular therapy

Neuro-Muscular Therapy

The Neuro-Muscular Therapy (NMT) system was researched for over 50 years by American Physicians Travell and Simons.  Their research examined the cause of common pain referrals that did not follow dermatomes.  NMT trigger points correlate to acupuncture points and needles are sometimes used in treatment.  Being doctors Travel and Simons integrated their system of assessment and treatment with western neurological laws, nutrition, lifestyle and biomechanical principles.

Many causes of pain and dysfunction are related to tight muscles or fascial restrictions creating postural distortions.  Muscles can become hyper constricted and structures such as nerves and blood vessels can be compressed causing symptoms (Travel & Simons, 1992).  Postural problems can create carpel tunnel, shin splints, lower back pain, tight back neck and shoulders and calf tension to name a few.  Ischemia may form trigger points (Simons et al. 1998) and trigger points can cause neurological symptoms and manifest as pain (i.e. back pain, OOS, headaches, hip pain etc).

As a Certified Clinical Neuro-Muscular Therapist, Janine will assess your posture, function and lifestyle and create a treatment plan. The plan aims to reduce or eliminate active trigger points and ischemia, address nerve entrapment or compression, correct postural distortions and suggest nutritional and other lifestyle support.

NMT treatment is similar to a regular massage and consists of deep tissue strokes, myo-fascial release, and dry needling. Janine aims to educate the client into self-care (exercises, nutrition and lifestyle) to resolve or manage their condition. The treatment can be done through clothes but is most often applied directly to the skin. It is the opinion of the therapist that change should be seen within two sessions and significant improvement or resolution within four. The general rule for treatment is the longer the injury or dysfunction has been present, the longer the correction will take. Post treatment soreness can occur and a hot bath can help reduce it - contact your theraist if it lasts longer than three days.