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Neuromuscular Reeducation (NMR) 17 November 2012

Posted by davidghallam in back pain, muscle pain, neck pain, sport.
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chiropractor working on patient's neck

What is it?

Neuromuscular Reeducation (NMR) is a soft-tissue technique that offers rapid and lasting relief from the pain and loss of function caused by many of the most common injuries affecting the nerves, muscles, connective tissue and joints. It combines elements of sports massage, trigger point therapy, fascial release and active release techniques.

NMR works to improve the function and health of the whole body. NMR achieves its effects by working on the soft tissues – the fascia, connective tissues and muscle fibres. NMR is both a very safe technique and a remarkably effective one.

How does the treatment work?

When an area of the body is injured, whether it is muscle, connective tissue, fascia, tendon or some combination of these elements (as most injuries are), the body handles the trauma to tissues by a swelling of the affected tissue followed by a fibrous healing – the rapid laying down of scar tissue to protect the involved areas.  Scar tissue adhesions can remain in the tissues for years after the original injury, limiting both muscle strength and range of motion, and, in turn, affecting nerve function.

What does it help?

NMR is effective for a wide range of aches and pains; back, neck and joint pain, stiff joints – any part of the body that has restricted motion – sports injuries and old injuries that have never fully recovered.

You may be sore…

NMR is not a ‘nice massage’. Firm pressure is used to push through adhesions and scar tissue in the muscle fibres. You are likely to feel sore after the treatment. All movements used in NMR are slow and controlled. There are no sharp movements or sudden thrusts. The treatment can be uncomfortable to receive – but should never be more than you can tolerate. Always tell your practitioner if you want him to use less pressure.

After the treatment

Many people experience a marked reduction in their pain levels and an improved range of motion immediately after the treatment. The treated areas will often be sore for a day or so afterwards, but when this soreness has faded the gains in mobility will usually remain. Self-care after treatment is a careful balance of rest and activity. An important element of NMR is to quickly make use of your improved mobility so that your brain and body can get used to the improved function.

Peterborough Chiropractor David Hallam is one of a few people in the UK certified to practise Neuromuscular Reeducation. He uses it as an adjunct to his chiropractic work and as a stand-alone treatment. Please talk to him if you would like to explore this approach.

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