Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy focuses on treatment of chronic and acute pain, injury and dysfunction in muscle and soft tissue. Combination of various treatment techniques such as Positional Release, Muscle Energy Technique, Soft Tissue and Myofascial Release, result in relive and elimination of many common muscular complaints.

Muscle Energy Techniques

METs are manipulative techniques whereby the patient, upon a request actively uses muscular force in a controlled position, in a specific direction against a counter force, usually offered by the therapist

That helps restore neuromuscular balance and alignment in the body and assists in releasing restrictions in the musculoskeletal system as well as aiding in the de-activation of myofascial trigger points

MET can be applied to a range of acute and chronic conditions which can result in the following therapeutic outcomes :

  • Restores functional length and tone into a muscle.
  • Strengthening muscle tissue.
  • Re-training appropriate function within the muscle
  • Deactivating of trigger points
  • Preparing soft supporting structures prior to mobilisation of a joint.
  • Mobilises a restricted joint.
  • Enhances local circulation.
  • Rehabilitation after disuse or injury (I) & (4).
  • Rehabilitation and re-education of bad patterns of misuse, i.e. posture and breathing dysfunction.
Positional Release

The application of PR begins by finding a position a of ease utilising both feed back from the patient and the neuromuscular therapist’s (NMT) palpation skills. Any position whereby the tissues and the pain are released can be described as a position of ease (POE). This can involve a combination of flexion, extension, rotation, distraction and/or compression, lateral or medial translation and breathing (i.e. reduction of pain on inhalation or exhalation)

BENEFITS OF PR:

  • Reduced stiffness in joint/muscle.
  • Reduction of hypertonicity in tissues.
  • Release of muscle spasm (whereby direct techniques are not tolerated).
  • Reduction in muscle tone to enable a lengthening to follow.
  • The treatment of whiplash, or other acute muscle strain injuries and soft tissue insults.
  • Treatment of joints, where the hypertonic musculature is the primary restricting factor and
    manipulation is unwise, impractical or not available.
  • Effective treatment for inflamed tissues.
  • Deactivation of trigger points.
  • Treatment for special populations to include pre/post operative patients and frail, delicate,
    hyper-sensitive individuals.
  • Treatment options where manual methods may cause too much pain or discomfort.
Soft Tissue Release

Soft Tissue Release (STR), also known as connective tissue release, active tissue release and active release therapy (ART), is a dynamic, highly effective technique that has an immediate and powerful effect on muscle and connective tissue. It involves applying precise pressure during a specific movement, performed in a number of planes of motion. The goal is to provide a therapeutic effect to the autonomic, nervous and fascial systems in a way that leads to spontaneous release of the adhered tissues, thus regaining the original resting length and mobility of that tissue.

BENEFITS OF STR:

  • Contributes to a fast and permanent reorganisation of connective tissue, including scar tissue
  • Assists the targeted muscle and tissues to be returned to their proper resting length
  • Helps to rectify muscular imbalances
  • Has a positive intervention on associated pain
  • Improves muscle performance
  • Restores normal gliding function of fascial tissues