Neuromuscular Physical Therapy

What is Neuromuscular Physical Therapy?

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a very specific manual therapy. It is the use of fixed pressure on distinct myofascial points to relieve pain and pressure. We manipulate the body’s soft tissue, which includes tendons, muscles and connective tissue, to stabilize the central nervous system. When the nervous system is working properly the nerves slowly transmit messages which stimulate every thought, function and movement. When an individual experiences trauma or stress these transmissions accelerate, causing the body to be unprotected from pain and injury. Neuromuscular therapy focuses on trigger points addresses poor posture, biomechanical dysfunction, nerve compression syndrome, and ischemia (lack of blood supply). This therapy uses a combination of the following techniques: Myofascial release, Trigger point therapy, Muscle Energy Technique, Soft Tissue Release, Positional Release, and Sport Massage.

Trigger points (tender points) are particularly bothersome areas in the muscle tissue that transmit pain to other parts of the body. Our goal is to find the root of this pain and then work to restore the muscles to their appropriate balance and length, and diminish spasms that the tissues are experiencing

The first appointment will usually last about 60 minutes. During the first session of Neuromuscular Physical Therapy, we will carry out a postural assessment, observation of movement impairment and take a full case history.Please wear comfortable clothes on the day. It is ideal for you to wear shorts and t-shirt. Loose fitting or heavy clothing may be restrictive to the assessment. However, if you are unsure that you have the suitable clothing please feel free to call to ask questions. It is also helpful to bring along your sporting or commonly used footwear to your first appointment. If you have any revelent information to your consultation such as MRI scan, X-Ray results or referral letters please bring these with you on the day or you could email it to me. (Use the Contact section for email address) If you have any questions prior to your first consultation, please call me on 087-2279145 and I will be happy to offer any advice you need.

Headaches, migraines, whiplash, TMJ, back pain, scoliosis, neck and shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, hip and knee pain ,groin strain ,hamstring tightness, foot pain and plantar fasciitis, torticollis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, osteoarthritis, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, spasms, cramps, sprains, postural distortions, repetitive stress disorder and other conditions of musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Patients may experience some discomfort one or two days after treatment. This is a normal reaction, as it may take a little time for the body to adapt to the soft tissue changes from the treatment. You can use ice on the sore areas if needed.

Dry Needling

Unique procedureto restore normal tissue function

Dry needling is quickly becoming very popular modality in world for acute as well as chronic pain as the musculoskeletal complaints are the most common complaints and people nowadays are much aware to find a solution without consumption of an oral medicine as well as injecting medicine.

The solid Filiform needle kick starts the body’s own healing process,relives tension and causing increased blood flow to the area and release of chemicals that are essentially the body’s natural pain killer.

Functional Integrated Dry Needling is a neurophysiological evidence based treatment which is based on the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the human body unlike acupuncture which is based on meridians as per the old Chinese technique. The treatment also involves needling on the sclerotome (bones, joint, intervertebral disc) together as well as intraarticular for the stimulation of the cartilage.

Some of the conditions can be treated are: Muscle spasms, Hamstring sprains,Calf pain,Tennis elbow, Golfers elbow, Sciatica, Neuropathy, Knee pain, Osteoarthritis Knee, Carpel tunnel Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder,Plantar Fasciitis, Cervical Spondylosis, chronic Migraine, Tempero-Mandibular pain and stiffness and also excessive leg swelling.

Medical Massage or Therapeutic Massage: 

is performed by a medical massage therapist, when there is a medical indication. Its purpose is rehabilitation and most of the time it only focuses on the injured/painful part of the body. Medical massage is performed for medical purposes, usually after a medical professional instructions. Therapeutic massage could include Swedish, connective tissue, periosteal (bone) massage and passive and active mobilisation techniques. 
These techniques help to decrease pain by loosening of muscle adhesions and increasing the blood flow in the area.

Sport massage

Typically used before, during and after athletic events. It helps prepare the athlete for peak performance , increases blood circulation and lymph flow; drains away fatigue, relieves swelling, reduces muscle tension, promotes flexibility and minimizes injury. Sport massage can also prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance whether the person is an athlete or a once a week jogger. Generally we focus on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive movements.

Sport massage can also prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance whether the person is an athlete or a once a week runner. Generally we focus on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive movements.

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Paediatric massage

“Babies and children simply love to be touched. In fact they thrive on it, and it is crucial part of their growth and development” –Tina Allen

Although sports massage and orthopedic massage therapy has been proven as a remedy for sore muscles, stiff joints and chronic pain, parents often overlook this treatment for their children. Perhaps because it’s associated with luxury spas, parents may believe massage therapy is a bit indulgent for a child. Research has shown that massage therapy can ease both physical symptoms and emotional discomforts associated with paediatric medical conditions.

“Immediately after receiving massage, children with mild to moderate juvenile rheumatoid arthritis notice decreased anxiety and stress hormone (cortisol) levels. For young patients with Autism their aversion to touch decreases with massage, while their ability to focus increases. Paediatric patients with cystic fibrosis report feeling less anxious, and their ability to breathe and pulmonary functions improved.” – Tina Allen Liddle Kidz Foundation

What to expect?

Paediatric Touch Therapy is not a usual adult massage therapy. The sessions are shorter than those with adult clients as children have shorter attention spans. Too much information could be overwhelming to your child. if the child falls asleep while s/he being massaged, that’s a positive sign and points to the positive effects of the therapy. During the session the child will remain fully clothed (it is best to wear shorts and a comfortable t- shirt) and shall be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Custom Made Insoles

Podiart Ireland Custom Made Insoles are only manufactured after evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs, so they can accommodate your unique foot structure and pathology.

These insoles are crafted for you and no one else. They match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way you move.

The insoles can assist with a wide range of biomechanical problems such as heel pain, shin splints, fallen arches, Plantar Fasciitis, knee pain, back pain and much more…