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  • Therapeutic NMT/ MRT

  • Therapeutic NMT/ MRT

    March 13, 2019 | Kim
  • Includes St. John Neuromuscular Massage with Myofacial Release & many other Modalities

    Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) or more commonly known as the St. John Method, is a specific bodywork approach to resolving soft tissue pain in the human body. The St. John Method embodies a wide variety of effective therapeutic techniques and applications that work toward restoring homeostasis (balance) between the muscular and nervous systems. It addresses the root cause of most pain conditions. NMT focuses on restoring correct posture, releasing nerve impingement and entrapment, eliminating trigger points, improving circulation, and enhancing the way we move. In short restoring structural balance to the muscular system. Myofacial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofacial Connective Tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The focused manual pressure and stretching used in Myofacial Release Therapy loosen up restricted movement, leading indirectly to reduced pain. Multiple other modalities (massage techniques) may be added to your session to customize the treatment to your individual needs.

    The Efficacy of St John Neuromuscular Therapy

    Neuromuscular Therapy is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation techniques that balance the central nervous system (brain, spinal column and nerves) with the structure and form of the musculoskeletal system. NMT is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system maintains homeostatic balance. These same laws dictate how the central nervous system initiates pain response.

    There are five principles to Neuromuscular Therapy:
    1. Postural Distortion
    2. Biomechanical Dysfunctions
    3. Trigger Points
    4. Nerve Compression/Entrapment
    5. Ischemia

    Ischemia is a lack of blood supply to the soft tissues, which causes them to be very sensitive touch.

    Trigger Points occur when nerves fire impulses at a rapid speed into an area of the body other than that which has been traumatized. Because of trigger points, the cause of serious pain may often be far from the actual site of the pain. This, in turn, inhibits proper blood flow, which causes ischemia an often leads to more pain and discomfort.

    Nerve Compression and Entrapment is pressure on a nerve by bone, cartilage or soft tissue. The role of the soft tissues in nerve compression is vital. Failure to treat the associated soft tissue often treats the symptom without eliminating the cause of the pain. Nerve entrapment is the most common type of pain and always causes ischemia. Ignored, it can produce associated trigger points.

    Postural Distortion or muscular contraction occurs when there is an imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting from movement of the body off the coronal, midsagital or horizontal planes. When the body tries to compensate in an effort maintain structural balance, muscle contraction, body distortion, and pain result. For example, lower limb-length inequality can cause a tilted pelvis, which usually results in a compensatory scoliosis that is maintained by sustained muscular effort.

    Biomechanical Dysfunction is an imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns. Repetitive strain of certain soft tissue result in adapted movement patterns that become muscular “habits” and must be reeducated.