Since basic trials in the mid 1980’s, the basis of this treatment has been well established and is now supported by PhD research in the Department of Physiology at the University of Adelaide, SA.
All muscles in the body have an optimum length at which they work best. When an area is injured or stressed, these optimum lengths can be altered due to small changes in the joint structures. It is the aim of this treatment to align the joint structures, and allow the adjoining muscles again to work at their optimum length. This reduces fatigue of muscles, allows greater workload, and removes stress from ligaments, tendons and cartilage. After optimum alignment is regained, the wear and tear on the directly effected joints is reduced and many of the compensatory tensions and pain can disappear.
modalities. The main difference with Neuroskeletal Therapy is that the whole back, including the pelvis, shoulders girdle and neck are addressed in each treatment. Further to this, peripheral joints, eg. knees, ankles and elbows can also be treated if required. By treating the whole back in each treatment, the Neuroskeletal Therapy practitioner is sure to treat both the original trauma site, and any areas of compensation that may have occurred since the injury. This ensures that the recovery time in many cases is quicker, and the necessity for long term treatment is reduced by the efficiency of this action.
As gentle and controlled pressure is applied to nerve specific points on the body during a Neuroskeletal Therapy treatment, this stimulates tension activity that causes changes within and around stressed muscles. This simple neurological process explains the changes in activity of skeletal muscles during a treatment, and therefore the subsequent changes that occur in the body structure following a Neuroskeletal Therapy treatment.
No bone cracking, joint twisting, tapping, muscle bouncing or flicking is applied and so a high degree of comfort and relaxation remains throughout the treatment. Some patients even sleep through their treatment.
Treatment is suitable for people of all ages from babies to pregnant women and senior citizens. A standard treatment takes approximately 30 minutes, although this may vary depending on the patient’s individual condition and the injury being treated.
The changes initiated during a Neuroskeletal Therapy treatment may continue for up to 48 hours post treatment, as the body finds its most optimum working posture. The practitioner may advise a patient to have a warm to hot shower or bath after a Neuroskeletal Therapy treatment to help ease any muscle ache that may occur following these changes.
Neuroskeletal Therapy practitioners currently receive referrals from medical practitioners and allied health professionals who have experienced, and so recognise, the ability of this treatment to help their patients.
The cost effectiveness of Neuroskeletal Therapy and the rates of patient recovery are so noticeable that the public demand for health insurers to register Neuroskeletal Therapy practitioners is now being recognised