stiffness, sciatica, shin splints? A European Neuromuscular Therapist (ENMT) is skilled at looking for musculoskeletal reasons why chronic pain can remain
unresolved after normal interventions have failed. One of the biggest causes of chronic pain are Myofascial Trigger Points (TP's) and their pain referral
patterns. Therefore the primary focus is to locate the source of the TP's, eliminating any perpetuating factors and to treat the TP's using neuromuscular
techniques whilst also correcting any negative postural habits.Euromuscular techniques provide the therapist with information regarding tissue tone, fibrosity,
edema and soft tissue changes such as hypersensitivity, change in sensation or pain. Rob is one of a very few number of therapists trained to treat
TP's using european neuromuscular techniques.
Trigger points (TP’s) are accumulations of waste products around a nerve receptor. Often they feel like nodules or taut bands of fibres within the soft tissues.
TP’s form in muscles which have been overused or injured. Common characteristics are increased muscle tension and muscle shortening. Increased muscle
tension is the primary side-effect of trigger points but pain is the most common secondary effect. TP’s can present themselves as referred patterns of
sensation such as sharp pain, dull ache, tingling, pins and needles, hot or cold.
They can also create symptoms such as nausea, ear ache, equilibrium disturbance, or blurred vision. Rob says, "In my experience trigger points are a major
source of chronic pain, altered posture and joint range of movement. They create unwanted tension within muscles that really can only be de-activated by a
skilled therapist (ENMT)". Success has seen Rob's work prevent people from having surgery. Thats how important TP;s can be in the world of pain!