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Neuromuscular Therapy NMT 

What is NMT?

NMT or Neuromuscular Massage is an accurate and comprehensive method of treating musculoskeletal pain and injuries throughout the body, using deep massage techniques and kinesiotherapy.

NMT is innovative in that it includes a wide range of soft tissue manipulation techniques (muscles, tendons, ligaments, peritoneal tissue) which have been developed by pioneers in various professions, such as Medicine, Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Physiotherapy, Massage, etc.

The purpose of NMT is, through the Musculoskeletal system (muscles, joints, etc.), to affect the Nervous System (brain, spinal cord, nerves) which excels all systems of the body and regulates its functions.

NMT is based on the therapist's skill, anatomy knowledge, and tactile accuracy. Specific manipulations (protocols) are used that are taught in modules with a step-by-step procedure. Each section includes a brief anatomy review. NMT includes techniques such as Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Passive / Active Mobilization techniques, and Posture and Movement Assessment. It is the result of many years of scientific research and corresponds to a comprehensive approach, which focuses on the root of each problem and addresses it with practices that harmonize with the physiology of the human neuromuscular system.

NMT can be easily combined with other types of massages such as Swedish, Sports Massage, etc.

History of NMT

NMT has appeared almost simultaneously in Europe and America for about half a century. It is noteworthy that its younger creators, although they did not know each other, had similar theoretical bases and protocols. This probably happened as they were all based on the principles of Physiology.

NMT European version

In the mid-1930s to 1940s, European-style neuromuscular techniques (as NMTs are called in Europe) first appeared, with creators Stanley Lief and Boris Chaitow. Lief was born in Latvia where he grew up with health problems. An issue of a "Physical Culture" health and exercise magazine he had found in his father's shop was the reason his life changed. The magazine inspired him to travel to America and study with Bernar McFadden, the "father" of "health fitness" in the United States. Lief and Boris Chaitow, with training in chiropractic, osteopathy and physiotherapy, further developed the NMT. One of the places they used for work was the world famous "Champneys" health resort in England.

Many others also later helped NMT develop, including Peter Lief, Brian Youngs, Terry Monte, Leon Chaitow (Boris' nephew), John Sharkey and others.

An NMT program was developed in the 90's, in which Leon Chaitow, DO, participated as one of the compulsory elective courses for the Bachelor of Science (Bsc (Hons)) at the University of Westminster, London, although this was the first time that NMT was included in a university program, nowadays it is usually taught in many training programs of osteopathic and sports massage (Sports Massage) as well as as a postgraduate program in some universities of England, such as the University of Chester (NMT Master's Degree), headed by John Sharkey.

NMT American version

A few years after the European NMT, in the 50s, on the opposite shore of the Atlantic Ocean in America, Raymond Nimmo, DC, developed a theory and program of healing techniques called "Receptor Tonus Techniques".

In the 1970s, Paul Saint John, a student of Nimmo, developed his own NMT system in an effort to get rid of his own musculoskeletal pain due to various serious injuries. In the late 1970s he founded St. John Neuromuscular Pain Relief Institute in Florida with a 200-hour training program for professional physiotherapists, masseurs, chiropractors, etc. in which he continues to teach with his colleagues to this day but under a different name (The Center of Neurosomatic Studies).

In 1989 Judith DeLaney, one of the collaborators of St. John founded her own school where she still teaches NMT in her own way and calls it NMT American Version.

In addition to the above, there are many other NMT teachers who teach in various vocational schools. All of these, together with the studies of two leading scientists, Janet Travell and David Simons, which were published in 1983 and 1999 respectively, have made a significant contribution to the form NMT has today and have established it as one of the most popular and reliable therapeutic massages in America. .

How are body aches caused?

The nature of the human body allows its self-preservation in a healthy state. Each cell performs a process, which contributes to the overall functionality of the body.

Nerve stimuli carry information to maintain stable conditions inside the cell or body and this process is called Homeostasis (balance and harmony in the internal functions of the body).

Incidents capable of upsetting this balance can arise on a daily basis. Injuries, muscle cramps, stress, etc. inhibit Homeostasis. Creating any form of imbalance leads to pain that if not treated and treated in time, can develop into chronic dysfunctions of the body.

NMT distinguishes five causes of pain:

Ischemia - "tight" soft tissues with reduced blood circulation in this area.

Myofascial Trigger Points - Hypersensitive points in the soft tissues that can cause pain locally or radiate to another area of the body.

Nerve compression / entrapment - Pressure on a nerve by bone tissue, cartilage, vertebral disc, etc. pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, muscle, tendons, etc.

Orthostatic deformity - Imbalance in the muscular tonic system resulting in the movement of the body outside the normal levels and axes of the body.

Industrial Malfunction - malfunctioning gait and incorrect movement patterns.

We must also take into account other perpetuating factors such as nutrition, hydration, respiration and psychological stress.

The beneficial effects:

NMT treats and helps musculoskeletal pain, such as sciatica, back pain, scoliosis, cervical syndrome, headaches, tendonitis, etc .. Relieves the body of myoperitoneal trigger points that create pain, restores normal posture and normal posture, in the muscles and joints. It strengthens the problem area muscularly and helps in the good circulation of the blood and the lymph.

Speaker: Savvas Xenos, trained at NMT by Paul Saint John and certified by St. John Neuromuscular Pain Relief Institute (Florida).

Participation cost: 300 euros. Special price if you attend the seminar with someone you know, 250 euros each. Register your participation at 6974373073 Savvas Xenos.

When a group is completed, those who have registered will be notified for a deposit of 50 euros, in order to close the position. In case some of them are not able to attend this seminar for some reason, the deposit can be used in another of the following seminars.

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