Back to Articles List
What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
By Greg Merriman
Neuromuscular Therapy is a form of Physical Therapy. It is
drug-free and predominantly hands on non-invasive manual
medicine that focuses on the effective treatment of pain and
changes in sensations treating not only the musculoskeletal
systems but also with a unique focus on treating fascia and
myofascial trigger points.
Neuromuscular Physical Therapy offers a unique holistic (whole
body) approach to health care. Neuromuscular Physical Therapists do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use
various manual soft tissue manipulation techniques to bring
balance to all the systems of the body, through neuromuscular
and fascial interventions in an effort to provide a foundation
that encourages a return to or maintenance of good health and
The philosophy of European Neuromuscular Physical Therapy is
what sets it apart from other complementary medical disciplines.
The key principles are based on all parts of the body
functioning together in an integrated manner. If one part of the
body is restricted or experiencing pain, then the rest of the
body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to
inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions.
Neuromuscular Physical Therapy takes account of the dynamic
contractile ability of human fascia and the formation, etiology
and treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points.
Neuromuscular Physical Therapy is the ideal complement to primary health care professionals and General Practitioners (i.e
Medical Doctors) work. Treatment of pain and injury is one
aspect of Neuromuscular Physical Therapy, however, a
preventative role is also evident as when the body is free of
restrictions in movement, Neuromuscular Physical Therapy
treatment assists the body with pain minimisation, reduced
stress and greater mobility providing the body with the
opportunity to heal itself thereby avoiding knock-on negative
Exercise and Nutrition expert John Sharkey MSc is the director
and founder of European Neuromuscular Physical Therapy.
Neuromuscular Therapy is also established in North America (i.e
American Version) but differs significantly from the European
style. There are several training centres in Ireland offering
professional training in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy up to Higher Diploma level. With the best ones, students enjoy the
fact that they have access to some of the world’s leading
authorities in the area including eminent lecturers such as Leon
Chaitow and Judith DeLany.
So what can students learn during such a course?
There are CCME course as an advanced Complementary Medical
Educational (CME) programme involving Sports Massage and Soft
Tissue Manipulation techniques including:
• Primary and Advanced Anatomy & Physiology • Exercise
Physiology • Neuro Physiology • Cadaver Studies • Myology • Soft
Tissue Release • Muscle Energy Techniques • Trigger Point
Techniques • Neuromuscular Techniques • Positional and Myofascial Release
What is most important, is that graduates can start a successful
career in physical therapy provided they meet general
requirements. In addition to following a strict code of ethics,
all licensed Neuromuscular and Physical Therapists must be a
member of a recognised professional body such as the Association
of Neuromuscular Therapists. Membership of this Association
allows a therapists patients to benefit from health insurance
The combination of continuing education and professional status
will offer the reassurance which the public demand before a
course of treatment commences. Patients will be able to verify
the professional status of therapists using an on-line licensing
About the author:
This article was written by National Training Centre –
http://www.ntc.ie – providing "Fitness Courses Dublin, Pilates Courses, Sports Massage
Courses and Personal Trainer Certification".
List your service here