How does it work?
The treatment is based on the ideas that gently pressing on specific points along the central nervous system (CNS) activates the surrounding muscle and tendon groups and causes them to relax. This then is said to improve communication of between the brain and the skeletal system, allowing it to move back into its correct position. Unlike other techniques that are said to free up muscle tissue, NSRT is doesn’t involve applying physical pressure to traumatised areas, meaning no further damage is caused to tendons, muscles or nerves
At the start of the appointment, the practitioner will carry out a consultation and ask questions about your health and medical history. As NSRT aims to treat the whole person rather than the symptoms, all sessions will begin in this way, followed by a full postural analysis. This is used to determine how your body is aligned and to locate the root cause of the pain (which may be in a completely different area to where the pain is actually being felt).
You will then be asked to lie face down on the therapy couch and the practitioner will then begin the treatment, using gentle and controlled finger pressure on the pelvic area, hips, spine, shoulders, neck and skull. Patients apparently don’t feel any pain during NSRT, instead often describing it as very relaxing. Some have even been reported to have drifted off into a dreamlike state.
Your first session of NSRT will normally last around 90 minutes (including time devoted to assessment and the addition of information to your record), with follow up treatments lasting about 45 minutes to an hour. Most people only require 2-6 sessions, with one taking place every two weeks to give the body enough time to adjust between appointments, and sometimes remedial massage may be used if areas of chronic tension are present.
It is best to wear loose, light clothing (such as a tracksuit) for the appointment and bear in mind that changes initiated during a treatment may continue for up to 48 hours as the body finds its most optimum working posture. For this reason, practitioners advise taking a hot bath or shower after each treatment to ease any muscle aches that may occur.
Is it for me?
If you are suffering from any of the following conditions and you are looking for an alternative to painkillers, then NSRT may help alleviate soreness:
Back pain and strain Scoliosis Frozen shoulder Prolapsed or herniated discs Skeletal injury or trauma Pain from congenital spinal defects Migraines and headaches Sciatica and neuralgia Arthritis Knee and hip pain Neck and Shoulder pain Whiplash
Remember that some long term conditions (such as arthritis) cannot be cured by therapies such as NSRT, but they may make your day to day life easier to bear. If you do not know the source of your pain and suspect injury, always consult a doctor before turning to NSRT in case hospital treatment (i.e. for breaks, fractures, dislocations and ligament and muscle tears) is needed.
Good to know...
NSRT was first developed in Australia, where it is known as ‘neuro skeletal dynamics’. It is now well established and supported by PhD research in the Department of Physiology at the University of Adelaide.