Jennifer Belyea, NueroMuscular Therapist
- General Info:
What is Neuromuscular Therapy? The term “Neuromuscular Therapy” can be traced back to osteopaths practicing in the early part of the 20th century. However, in modern practice, the St. John Method of Neuromuscular Therapy is the most respected and widely taught version.St. John Neuromuscular Therapy is an extremely effective method of relieving chronic pain in the body. Utilizing a two-pronged approach, a St. John Therapist first strives to achieve structural balance in the body, and then treats the injured or strained tissues directly. By looking at the body as a four-dimensional object, and utilizing neurological laws to understand how the central nervous system initiates pain responses, a skilled St. John Practitioner is able to locate and treat the source of pain in the body, not just the secondary effects.How Does Neuromuscular Therapy Differ from Massage?A Certified Neuromuscular Therapist possesses evaluative and hands-on skill which are distinct from the skills of someone who practices general massage therapy. During the initial visit, a Neuromuscular Therapist will evaluate for postural distortion and biomechanical dysfunction, as well as for the presence of myofascial trigger points. In addition to identifying the secondary effects, a proper analysis of the body illuminates the primary causes of pain. The Neuromuscular Therapist then follows a specific protocol of rehabilitation.What Kinds of Problems Does Neuromuscular Therapy Address?Since it is a whole-body approach to treatment, Neuromuscular Therapy often creates secondary benefits. Once an individual is treated for back pain, for example, often their knee pain, or headaches, or bladder dysfunction, or other problems are also addressed. A partial list of conditions that Neuromuscular Therapy is successful in treating include:Headaches, Migraines, Scoliosis, TMJ, Whiplash, Herniated Disc Syndrome, Back Pain, Sciatica, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Foot Pain, Osteoarthritis, Plantar Fascitis, Torticollis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Shin Splints, Tendonitis, Muscle Spasms, Cramps and Strains, Postural Distortions, Fibromyalgia, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Post Polio Syndrome, and many more.