When it comes to chronic pain, modern medicine doesn’t have much to offer besides medication and physical therapy. While physical therapy is a proactive form of treatment that could address some root causes of pain, its emphasis is on strength-building; this means that, if muscle tension or imbalance is the problem, physical therapy may not address it.
Musculoskeletal pain is usually caused by how we hold and use our bodies. When we practice poor posture and harmful movement patterns, we overtax some muscles while disengaging others. Chronic muscle tension can result in the development of knots, called trigger points. These are essentially isolated spasms that create localized pain and sometimes refer pain to other parts of the body. Trigger points make it hard to relax the muscle; they require more that simple stretching to relax. Tight muscles can also pull the body out of alignment by exerting forces on the pelvis, spine and other joints in the body.
Neurosomatic therapy integrates principles of massage therapy, physical therapy and posture training to address the complex of pain causes. Its practitioners say it has proven helpful for a number of conditions, including lower back pain and sciatica.
A neurosomatic therapist begins your treatment with a detailed postural assessment, taking note of every little misalignment, twist or sign of tension in your body. Then, the therapist uses a number of manual techniques to relax muscle tension. The third prong of this form of treatment is exercise. During your treatment, your therapist not only identifies muscle tension but weakness as well. An individualized exercise program is prescribed to address areas of weakness.
On top of eliminating immediate pain and dysfunction, this therapy comes with likely long-term results. The postural awareness and ability to maintain proper posture that you gain from neurosomatic therapy has the potential to prevent chronic pain later on.
See www.stjohn-clarkptc.com for more on this form of treatment, and search your area for versions of this pain treatment program.