is a common misperception that bodywork therapy and neuromuscular
therapy (NMT) or any other serious system of healing is somehow
a new age invention of recent times. There is, however, ample
evidence that hands-on healing methodologies have been an integral
part of the human experience for thousands of years, in the opinion
of many authorities, for as long as human beings have been living
on the earth.
ancient history of the Orient, (especially China), Egypt, Rome,
North and South America, India as well as most nomadic tribes and
shamanistic healers have used some form of bodywork to ease the
accumulated stress and strain of physical existence.
traditions have been used by humanity for centuries:
**Nature Worshipers, Goddess Traditions
**Native, Indigenous Healers, world-wide
**Bush Doctors, Herbalists
**Egyptian Mystery Schools
**Bone-setters: Northern Europe and Asia
**Hands on healing traditions
**Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine
**Acupressure, Shiatsu, Bare-foot Doctors
cultural theme of all the healing traditions:
**Careful choice of words
**Clear, focused intentions
first recored mentioning of the bodywork was in China in a very
famous text called the YELLOW EMPEROR CLASSIC. The ancient Vedas
Vedas of India prescribed bodywork for many ailments. In China,
the AH SHI POINTS closely parallels neuromuscular therapy but pre-dates
official mention of NMT by thousands of years. Early Western physicians:
Hippocrates, Avicenna, Galen and many others employed bodywork and
related techniques in their work. Evidence of sophisticated bodywork
modywork methods are found in Egyptian scolls, depicting types of
advanced deep tissue bodywork.
recently in the West, the first medical descriptions of neuromuscular
trigger points were made by a German physician, Dr. Froeriep in
1843. The Swedish doctors, Helleday and Kleend contributed also
to this body of knowledge. In 1892 , Dr. Hoffa named these regions
trigger points. Significant contributions were made by Schade and
Schade and Frizlong in 1921, each of them describing similar points
and referral zones while working independently of each other on
different types of people with dissimilar diseases. Max Lange wrote
the first treatment manual in 1913 and did significant experiments.
Lange used a devise to measure pressure and tension in muscles called
a sklerometer. Measuring over 250 regions on several symptom free
and healthy individuals he found that the healthy muscle tissue
was homogenous, resilient and could take heavy pressure without
pain. He also found that in healthy subjects, the pressure readings
in the muscles were very consistent and did not vary more than 10
%. In muscles with trigger points and myofascial pain, the resilient
nature of the the tissue was interrupted and lost. .Biopsies
of tissue with trigger points showed microscopic changes in the
muscles at the trigger point sites: increase in fibrous tissue,
cross-linking of collagen fibers, fatty infiltration of the area,
and increase deposits of metabolites. Schade demonstrated that hard
areas of trigger points remained even under anesthesia and after
is the honor of Advanced Manual Medicine
to pass on the ancient healing art traditions. These timeless skills
are more in demand than they ever were. The modern and mechanized
society becomes, the more the need exists for healing, human touch.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a precise, scientific method of
manual therapy applied to the myofascial/soft tissue system which
has evolved over the last 65 years from the original founders of this
work: Dr. Raymond Nimmo D.C. and Dr.Vannerson D.C.
Therapist who have effective training and advanced hand-skills with
Integrative Neuromuscular Therapy
can locate, treat and normalize myofascial dysfunctions (within
the soft-tissue system which are muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia)
fibrotic adhesions, and trigger points.
NMT utilizes specifically applied pressure which
interrupts nerve impulses. to the spinal cord, reducing the intensity
of the sympathetic nervous system and activated injury patterns.
Direct pressure on the causation of the chronic pain pattern mechanically
forces out toxic irritants which have accumulated at nerve receptor
NMT often dramatically increases flexibility, balance,
strength and vital life energy by interrupting the facilitated pain
pathways, improving circulation of the system of muscles existing
in the deeper levels.
By its very nature of systematic and specific pattern of
application, the methods of NMT offer efficient treatment for chronic
myofascial (soft-tissue) pain with an enormous potential for improving
the quality of one's life. Neuromuscular Therapy is a safe, effective
treatment for chronic pain, stress and injuries.
results, benefits and improvements occur when the person has been
told by medical authorities: " Learn to live with the pain,
there is no hope for you to ever get better, this is just part of
the famous Dr.Bernard Jenson "There are no incurable diseases,
just incurable patients"
Origin Of Deep Pressure Therapy
Therapy is a specialized form of deep pressure therapy which originates
in the Oriental Healing Arts of Acupuncture and Shiatsu. In Jaoan,
Shi means finder and Atsu means pressure. Western science has utilized
the fundamental principles of Oriental Pressure Therapies for many
years. Incorporating a broad base of ancient techniques
into current forms of body therapies, eminent scientists, physicians
and skilled therapists have employed sound physiological laws to
obtain the desired results of normalizing chronic pain patterns.
Therapy incorporates both Eastern and Western manual therapies.
Myofascial trigger points are present in nearly everyone. Trigger
Points are the nervous system's response to trauma, as the nervous
system participates in all disease states. The definition of trigger
points: a focus of hyper-irritability in a tissue (usually muscle
or tendon) that when compressed is locally tender and hypersensitive;
creating a referred pain to a distal area.
points develop due to direct trauma, repetitive over-use syndrome
and stress in all forms. Poor diet and exercise patterns can be
voluntary skeletal muslces make up the largest organ of the body
and are directly controlled by the nervous system. Any one of the
684 muscles--more than 40% of the body's weight--can develop trigger
points that refer pain and distressing symptoms to other body areas..
Among the effects of trigger points are:
**Pain, tingling and/or numbness to any body area
**Weakness of a body area; the extreme condition could be loss of
the use of a limb or body area (example: inability to hold items
in the hands)
**stiffness, limited range of motion for joint areas
**fatigue, low energy
**insomnia, restlessness, anxiety
**depression, mental confusion, lack of motivation
Neuromuscular Therapy offers an efficient treatment
for trigger points, due to the time saving adaptability which by
assessment can be treatment with the slight variation of pressure
Trigger points are functioning 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week and are for one's life-time unless correctly
treated. Under most circumstances, trigger points are self perpetuating
and require a series of treatments for full recovery.