Are you experiencing any of the following chronic pain conditions?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome • Fibromyalgia • Poor Posture
Head and Neck
Whiplash • T.M.J. Disorder • Headaches & Migraines • Neck Pain
Back and Shoulders
Rotator Cuff Injury • Frozen Shoulder • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome • Low Back Pain • Sciatica
Hands and Forearms
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • Tendonitis • Arthritis
Legs and Feet
Shin Splints • Knee Pain • Ankle Injury • Plantar Fasciitis
Treating Your Chronic Pain with Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
At Pharaoh Bodyworks, we use Neuromuscular Therapy as our main modality for chronic pain treatment. NMT is about dealing with the underlying causes of physical problems, including pain, so you don’t just feel better right after each session: you get better in the long run.
The Five Sources of Pain and Their Treatment
Ischemia means loss of blood flow to a body part. It causes tingling, numbness, extreme sensitivity to touch, and pain. Conventional massage techniques often aren’t much help here, but with NMT methods we can gradually restore blood flow by working in toward the injured area without causing more pain.
2. Trigger Points
Trigger points are points in muscles that refer pain to other parts of the body. That’s a nerve issue, hence ‘neuro’ (nerves)-muscular. I’m treating the nervous system, not just the muscle tissues. Proper treatment of trigger points is done by using soft tissue manipulation and carefully assessing the area for abnormal neuromuscular responses. When the trigger point is located the therapist uses enough pressure to activate a neurological response that brings nutrient to the area and allows the body to return to a pain-free state.
3. Nerve compression
Nerve compression is the result of a tight muscle, fascia or bony structure compressing on a nerve. One of the most common cases of nerve compression chronic pain pathologies is “Sciatica” Neuralgia. Normally if a nerve is trapped there will be movement or posture problems we can use to help figure out which nerve, and where it’s trapped. By a combining NMT techniques and range of motion exercises, a therapist can free soft tissue impingement, liberate bony structures and release trapped nerves. This can relieve the chronic pain of sciatica, thoracic outlet syndrome, frozen shoulder, piriformis syndrome and many other types of chronic pain that are caused by nerve compression or entrapment.
4. Postural distortion
Postural distortions can come from years of doing one-sided activities, like sports, gardening or manual work, or from spending a long time in static postures like sitting. Harvard Medical School says it’s a major cause of chronic lower back pain. It’s also implicated in shoulder, hip, knee, neck and ankle problems.
When’s the last time you really paid attention to your posture?
Good posture can be learned, so we’ll talk with clients about how to improve their everyday posture – walk better, sit better, stand better and move better. We’ll also address the cumulative effects of postural distortion that can make it impossible to adopt good posture without help. In the long term this helps allow injuries like herniated spinal discs and chronically inflamed soft tissue to recover, freed from the repetitive trauma of distorted posture.
5. Biomechanical dysfunction
This is when you move in a way that’s not right for your body. Moving one side differently from the other, like leaning or turning more on one side, is unavoidable, but when it gets out of hand serious biomechanical dysfunction can develop. Watch people, on the street, at work or in the gym: you’ll see folks use adaptive movements to get round an injury or dysfunction. They’ll hitch one hip up to compensate for a tight hamstring, or lean a shoulder forward to work around a tight upper chest. Before you know it the compensation has become normal and it’s causing a whole lot of new problems all by itself: walk with a limp all day and by nightfall, you’ll have one for real.
As a result, you’ll have bad ‘firing patterns’ – the order and force with which muscles contract to produce a movement like standing up out of a chair will be wrong and the result will be pain. We can use the techniques of NMT to ‘re-teach’ the correct patterns, so you can become a more functional pain-free mover.