Neuromuscular Reeducation utilizes a variety of techniques and assessments that utilize the client’s neurological system to detect and treat dysfunctions within the neuropathways of the body. This approach often will produce results very quickly. Many people realize reduction in pain, and improved mobility within just a few seconds.
Dysfunctions in the neuropathways can come from a variety of sources, including; Trauma, Overuse, Toxins, Stress, and others. Regardless of the cause of the dysfunction, these dysfunctions can have a negative impact many different areas of the body. Sometimes this results in muscles that do not function properly, which can cause weakness and loss of stability. This leads to pain and potentially injuries, which can be significant. Finding and correcting these dysfunctions lead to reduced pain, better stability, improved muscle recruitment and efficiency, and reduced risk of injury.
Paired Neuropathway Model
Throughout our bodies we have many different types of neuroreceptors. Nerve ending and pathways that specifically tuned to receive a very specific type of input (stimulus). Hot, Cold, Tickle, Itch, Light Touch, Deep Pressure, and many more. Pretty much every area of our bodies contain each of these receptors and corresponding pathways.
Normally, each of these pathways send signals to the brain and fixed baseline rate when they are at rest (not being stimulated). Once stimulated, that particular pathway sends more signal to the brain. For example. You have all of the above mentioned receptor types (and many more) in your shoulder. All sending signal to the brain at their baseline (non-stimulated) rate. If we apply an ice cube to the shoulder, the cold pathways send more signal to the brain. The other pathway types (Hot, Tickle, Itch, etc.) are still sending their normal baseline rate of signal as they are not being stimulated.
These pathways can, at times, become dysfunctional. This can happen through trauma, overuse, toxins, or from many other sources. When this occurs, that pathway will send increased signal to the brain even though it is not being actively stimulated. This is now an inappropriate signal being sent to the brain.
The brain interprets and makes decisions based on the information that it receives. If the information going into the brain is incorrect, the information coming back out of the brain can be inappropriate also. (Garbage In = Garbage Out). This can result in pain, ineffective engagement of muscles, loss of stability, or any other number of problems.
The Brain always looks to bring balance to the system. Therefore, when a dysfunctional pathway exists (with an inappropriate high signal level), the brain tries to bring balance to the system by increasing signal in another pathway to use as a compensation mechanism. This can help minimize the impact the original dysfunction has on the system, but also creates a second dysfunctional pathway that is sending inappropriate increased signal to the brain, resulting in an inappropriate output from the brain that has an effect on the body.
By determining the location and type of pathway of the Primary dysfunction, as well as the location and type of pathway of the Secondary (Compensation) dysfunction, we are able to effectively “reset” these pathways back to sending their normal amount of signalling to the brain. With the signalling going to the brain back to normal, the abnormal effects that were coming from the brain are eliminated.
Often times these effects are realized immediately upon treatment. Some may take follow up and reconditioning of the neuropathway.
Many people have found this model of treatment to very effective.