Neuromuscular Re-education

Neuromuscular re-education treatment addresses stress and tension

Get to the deepest level of the body without the physical force.

This therapy focuses on affecting the function of the central nervous system, and more specifically the attachment of the meninges, the three layers of protective tissue (called dura) surrounding the brain and spinal cord, to the spine.

The patient is generally assessed and treated based on something known as adverse mechanical spinal cord tension (AMCT), a concept introduced by neurosurgeon, Dr. Alf Breig. AMCT is a condition of the spinal cord and its soft tissues produced by various factors, such as physical and emotional trauma or repetitive stress. This can traction, elongate, or compress the spinal cord, interfering with its function, tension, oscillation, and compromising its physiology.1,2 When the spinal cord/surrounding tissue tension changes, the attachments of the meninges to each vertebrae in the spine can cause the vertebrae to become restricted and subluxed.

Neurological re-patterning involves gentle contacts to the spine. The contacts are very exact and are placed upon an area that is adjacent to the spinal segments having physical vertebral-dural attachments. These contacts assist the body to unwind the tension patterns that have developed as a result of physical and emotional stressors by actually causing stimulation to the vertebral-dural connection and therefore a release of muscular tension patterns along the spine.2

Patients report improvements in their overall health and well-being. More specifically, patients notice reduced pain, improved mobility, increased energy, improved sleep, ability to cope with stress more effectively, fewer headaches and improved body awareness, to name a few.

References:
1) Breig A. Adverse Mechanical Tension in the Central Nervous System. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1978.
2) Epstein, D. The Theoretical Basis and Clinical Application of Network Spinal Analysis™. Colorado: Innate Intelligence, Inc; 2001.

Everyone can benefit from this work but here are some examples of symptoms and diagnoses that are commonly seen for this therapy:

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  • Back and neck pain, Scoliosis.

  • Disc problems.

  • Sacro-Iliac (SI) joint problems.

  • Facet Syndrome.

  • Sciatica, headaches.

  • TMJ (jaw pain).

  • Nerve pain.

  • Peripheral neuropathies.

  • Hip/groin/thigh/knee pain.

  • Tendonitis/Tendinopathy related pain.

  • Spinal stenosis and any nervous system conditions/disorders.

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