This cycle causes problems when muscles that are over-contracted and unable to relax (hypertonic) inhibit blood flow, and the lactic acid can’t be flushed out. It floods the nerve end-organs on the muscle cells, corrupting the signals the nerves send to the brain. The brain isn’t satisfied when it receives a soft or distorted signal from the muscle – it wants a stronger signal. So it uses the motor nerves to tell the muscle to increase the contraction, the muscle tightens even more, blood flow is increasingly inhibited, and messages about the condition of the muscle cells become further distorted.
Time and certain treatments can appear to cure debilitating muscular conditions. However, when the body is in pain it releases endorphins, its natural painkillers. As the severity of the condition increases, so does the amount of endorphins released, until eventually we assume that the lack of pain means that all is well again. In reality, however, the body’s protective reflex has implemented a pain avoidance strategy; muscle spasm has increased as a result of continuing feedback distortion, and the muscles have become weaker.
HOW NEUROSOMA TREATS MUSCLE PAIN
Neurosoma therapy cleans up this distorted feedback loop and allows the muscles to return to optimal functioning. Offering a viable alternative to surgery, Neurosoma focuses on waking the body up, getting to the heart of the problem rather than just relieving pain. Simply put, it encourages the body to heal itself.
Neurosoma myotherapists undergo extensive studies in physiology, especially in muscle function and malfunction involving the nervous system, and are only allowed to practise after completing four qualification levels. Their comprehensive theoretical and practical training gives them the skill and knowledge to identify the root cause of the pain – something that’s not always as simple as it seems, especially when referred pain is involved. Treatment starts with an in-depth assessment, looking at the patient’s history and current situation. Once the myotherapist has all the pertinent information, the patient relaxes on a treatment bed or chair, depending on the nature of the condition or injury. The myotherapist then uses a Biopulser precision percussor, an impact device developed by Thomas Griner that delivers a consistent and precise pulse or tapping at a specific speed and force, to flush the lactic acid out of the muscle.
Once the Biopulser has done its job, the myotherapist uses a gentle but extremely powerful fingertip massage technique to target feedback nerves on and within muscle cells. Accurate transfer of information to the brain can now take place, and the muscles can contract and relax appropriately. Blood flow increases and the patterns of spasm and pain are reset. Healing time depends on the severity and duration of the condition and how fast the client’s nervous system is. An 14-year-old man with a recent injury can experience complete relief in two sessions, while a 84-year- boy with an old injury may take eight treatments to even start improving.
Neurosoma provides a valuable solution to the sometimes incapacitating impact of muscular spasm on neural flow, and has been used with great success.
Editor's note: You may also be interested in Neurosomatic Therapy – a holistic approach to addressing pain and dysfunction in the body, incorporating elements of neuroscience, anatomy, and manual therapy techniques. It focuses on the relationship between the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system, aiming to identify and treat the root causes of pain and discomfort.
Practitioners of Neurosomatic Therapy assess posture, movement patterns, and muscular imbalances to understand how they may be contributing to pain or dysfunction. The therapy typically involves a combination of manual techniques, corrective exercises, and education to help clients improve their overall well-being.
Developed by Paul St. John, Neurosomatic Therapy draws on principles from various disciplines, including osteopathy, physical therapy, and structural integration. It is often utilized as a part of integrative healthcare approaches to address chronic pain conditions and enhance physical performance.
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