NeuroMuscular Therapy and the 5 Laws of Pain Explained
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. Have you ever wondered why your pain has traveled to the opposite side of your body? Or why you are now starting to get headaches, migraines, neck pain? It is absolutely crucial for a practitioner to know these laws of pain in order to properly treat and assess patients who are suffering from chronic pain. 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 increases its rate per second and if left untreated, this over stimulus to the body will spread to other areas of the body eventually causing a general contraction off all the major muscles, having a profound effect on the entire Cranial Sacral System as well as all the systems of the body thus starting a “chronic pain cycle” Think of it as an overload in an electric circuit. Bringing the stimuli back down through NeuroMuscular and CranioSacral Therapy will “Pull the plug” on the pain cycle.
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 ischemia and trigger points, and determine the presence of nerve compression and or entrapment in the soft tissue(s).