Neuromuscular re-education is a technique used by manual and exercise therapists to restore normal body movement patterns.
Your nerves and muscles work together to produce movement. Nerves transfer signals from your brain to your muscles about where, when and how fast to move. Over time, our brain and nervous system automates that process and creates “neuromuscular movement patterns”.
When we learn a new activity eg . Tennis Serve. Initially the activity is very complex and difficult to co-ordinate. However, after a few weeks/months of practicing it becomes easier to perform. This is because our brain created a little “short cut”, an automated movement pattern and the complex movement seems to be much easier and faster to perform.
With trauma and injury, the movement patterns can be negatively affected. Pain, inflammation, and swelling due to surgery or injury can lead to alteration of neuromuscular control and abnormal movement.
Many people develop compensatory patterns of movement after an injury. In majority of cases the injury will heal and there is no pain or discomfort. However, the altered movement patterns can persist and contribute to repetitive and chronic problems in the future.
The re-education of the nervous system must occur prior to developing enough strength and motion to regain full function. Without the neuromuscular re-education process, normal functional movement patterns are unlikely to be re-established.
Neuromuscular re-education plays a major role in the rehabilitation of our patients. Using the proper techniques, activities and exercises on an injured body part will prevent acute injury from developing into a chronic problem.
Neuromuscular re-education consists of:
- Manual techniques (i.e PNF-proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)
- Activities for balance and core control (proprioception)
- Therapeutic exercises that are designed to re-develop normal (and functional) controlled movement patterns.
As Osteopaths we look at the patient as a whole and address all aspects of the dysfunction to help the patient achieve her or his maximal rehabilitation potential, and to be the best they can be in performing all of their functional activities.
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