Breaking The Pain Cycle

NeuroMuscular Therapy

NeuroMuscular Therapy: An End to Chronic Pain:

Nearly 50 million American adults have significant chronic pain or severe pain, according to a new study prepared by National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).  Far too many people give up after spending way too much money on countless failed attempts of trying to stop their pain.  Wouldn't it be life changing to find a way that actually resets your central nervous system finally breaking the pain cycle thus eliminating chronic/acute pain all together?   Chronic pain is not something you have to live with, NeuroMuscular Therapy can break the pain cycle allowing you to take back control of your life and living pain-free the way you were intended to.

About NeuroMuscular Therapy:

Integrative NeuroMuscular Therapy (NMT) is a comprehensive system of soft-tissue manipulation techniques that were developed in the 1930s in England by Dr Stanley Lief, which balances the central nervous system with the structure and form of the musculoskeletal system. Integrative NeuroMuscular Therapy approaches healing from a holistic perspective (mind/body) creating long-term results.

As stated by the famous W.D, "Peter" Lane B.A, LMT, CNMT, Director of the NeuroMuscular Therapy Center of New Mexico, instructor of anatomy and physiology and my mentor and instructor, "NeuroMuscular Therapy is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system maintains homoeostatic balance, and in many cases, eliminates the cause of a person’s acute to chronic myofascial pain and dysfunction. Through the application of modern-day integrative NMT procedures, which include cranio-sacral therapy, myofascial release, positional release and trigger point therapy, homeostasis (balance) is restored between the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Integrative NeuroMuscular Therapy enhances the function of joints, muscles, and the biomechanics of the body, and speeds healing by facilitating the release of the body’s natural pain killers, endorphins."

 Assessing the Patient

The first step in NMT treatments is a comprehensive assessment to understand, evaluate and determine the cause of the patients pain.  There are many factors that can contribute to the cause of ones chronic/acute pain, such as stress, age, daily activity, pre-existing conditions, family history, nutrition, diet, water intake, and exercise.  The therapist will assess any postural distortion and biomechanical dysfunction, the presence of ischaemia and trigger points, and determine the presence of nerve compression and or entrapment in the soft tissue(s).

Understanding NMT and How it Works

NeuroMuscular Therapy is based on a system of laws known as Pfluger’s Laws, which illustrate acute to chronic pain patterns and how pain is distributed throughout the body. The nervous system is designed to produce normal muscle tonus at 30 stimuli per second.  If the body is under stress, physical or emotional trauma, the nervous system stimuli rises causing a chronic pain cycle.

Law#1 Unilaterality

Law of Unilaterality, states that “if a mild irritation is applied to one or more sensory nerves, pain will take place usually on one side only and that side which is irritated.  In other words, If you experience trauma to a certain part of your body, ie. your left hip, within a matter of minutes after the trauma/injury,  you will start to feel pain which will be very localized to just the site of injury.

Law#2 Symmetry

The Law of Symmetry states, “If the stimulation is sufficiently increased, the motor reaction is manifested not only to the irritated side but also in similar muscles on the opposite side of the body."  In other words, if not properly treated, the nervous system stimuli will continue to increase causing the pain to persist on the site of injury, but also move to the equal and opposite side i.e. the left hip being the original site of injury, the pain will stay on the left side but also travel with great intensity to the right hip as well.

Law#3 Intensity

The third law, the Law of Intensity states “Reflex movements are usually more intense on the side of irritation and at times the movements of the opposite side equal them in intensity, but they are usually less pronounced.” In other words, the pain will greatly intensify at the original point of trauma (left hip) with a lesser pain although still present on the opposite side (Right hip).

Law#4 Radiation

The fourth law, which is the Law of Radiation, states that “If the excitation continues to increase it is propagated upwards and reactions take place through centrifugal nerves coming from the cord segments higher up.” Meaning, the pain will radiate up the body from the site of the original injury toward the brain and continuing to radiate outward, causing headaches, migraines, neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain radiating all the way up the back.

Law#5 Generalization

The Law of Generalisation states “If the irritation becomes very intense it is propagated in the medulla oblongata, which becomes the focus from which the stimuli radiate to all parts of the cord causing a general contraction of all the muscles of the body.” In other words, continuing without proper treatment would cause the pain to very likely become so intense that the patient would be unable to move without experiencing extreme pain throughout the body causing an intense general feeling of pain from head to toe.   At this point, the central nervous system stimuli has so greatly increased that it is causing havoc on all the systems of the body such as the nervous system, musculoskeletal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, digestive system and endocrine system, meaning the initial site of trauma/injury will have shifted the pain to the entire body not to mention the mental/emotional well-being of the patient.  However, once NeuroMuscular Therapy has begun, treatment can literally “pull the plug” on pain by interrupting the source/cause of abnormal stimulation to the central nervous system.

The application of NeuroMuscular Therapy works layer by layer of each muscle tissue working superficial (outermost layer) to deep, treating origins and insertions (where the muscle tendons attach to the bone), as well as the belly of a muscle.  Because NMT is so effective, there is no need for deep pressure.  The "dig it out" method is never used in NMT, as it is not just a quick fix, it is meant to create long-term results as stated above by "pulling the plug" on the pain cycle.

As a Certified NeuroMuscular Therapist and Licensed Massage Therapist serving in the Greater Phoenix area, with over 13 years experience, my passion and main goals are to treat patients who suffer from acute to chronic pain resulting from occupational, sports and/or automobile injuries. Using a comprehensive integrative perspective and soft-tissue manipulation such as cranio-sacral therapy, myofascial release, positional release, therapeutic massage and trigger point therapy will promote homeostasis (balance) to be restored between the nervous and musculoskeletal systems resulting in long-term healing along with a healthy life style.  This will ultimately benefit the patient by eliminating the cause of a person’s acute to chronic pain and emotional distress. Many of my CranioSacral patients are children, in many cases who have suffered from head trauma or have Autism.

I love hearing from my readers, please do not hesitate in contacting me for treatments or further information.  Thank you, blessings to all of you!

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