What Is Neuromuscular Re-education?
The majority of the musculoskeletal pain that individuals suffer is a result of faulty biomechanics due to tight joints, soft tissues, and shortened muscles. The remainder, estimated at 10 – 15%, is caused by injury and disease.
This high occurrence rate of musculoskeletal pain in the population is because of the way that our bodies are designed to respond to how we utilize them. The way we typically use our bodies promotes tissue shortening as well as shortening of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Our body adapts accordingly. Sitting, especially on chairs/sofas/benches etc., for an extended period of time, places enormous pressure on vertebral discs because of how the weight is concentrated. This can result in pain, limited motion, limps, poor posture, headaches and a host of other problems (see Symptoms).
Depending upon what activity we are engaged in, muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue can become short, dehydrated and eventually permanently shorter until some event or other activity changes this scenario. Even gravity over time shortens the body skeleton. As a result, poor movement control patterns typically develop at a very young age.
Nerves as well are affected by our activities – the “neuro” component of neuromuscular. Your muscles, tendons and tissue are connected to nerves that send signals (packets of information) between your muscles and your brain about how to move and how to respond to external stimuli. These become learned responses over time. Thus the neuromuscular re-education therapist must work with both muscles/tendons/ligaments/tissues and with nerves in bringing about the healing that returns the client to stasis.
Power Massage therapists utilize specialized hands-on therapy techniques to address these faulty biomechanics. This unique form of manual therapy can be defined as the skillful use of the hands to mobilize/manipulate joints, massage and lengthen soft tissues, and monitor and facilitate improved neuromuscular control.
Unlike other types of massage, for this to be effective, it requires considerable one-on-one time between the therapist and the client. Muscles, tendons and ligaments cannot be “re-educated” by merely just massaging them. It takes a highly trained therapist at least an hour to an hour to re-establish and anchor connections that result in reduction or elimination of pain and restoration of the normal biomechanical functioning.
The objective is to improve the mechanics of movement, utilizing neuromuscular re-education techniques.
The ultimate goal is to return our clients to a normal functional level with the confidence to live an active lifestyle.