An excellent video from the Founder of the Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST), Michael Nixon-Livy. It will give you a good understanding of the background of the technique from 0 - 3:48 minutes.
Do you experience back pain or chronic pain? According to Neuroscience Research Australia " One in five Australians experience chronic pain serious enough to disable them, costing the country approximately $35 billion a year". The Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST) can help.
What is the Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST)?
The Neurostructural Integration Technique is a form of soft tissue osteopathy. It is based on the early pioneering work of Tom Bowen (osteopath) and integrated with the famous Sacro-Occipital technique of Major Bertrand DeJarnette (chiropractor and osteopath). Michael Nixon-Livy combined, refined and tested these techniques and created what is now known as the Neurostructural Integration Technique, or spinal osteopathy.
This technique has been spread around the world, and is now popular with osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists using this as part of their treatments. For example, the physiotherapy department of the Mater Hospital in France, uses this technique. Research findings regarding the effectiveness of NST on chronic back pain sufferers can be found here. Most NST practitioners report, as Michael Nixon-Livy points out in the video above, 95% of people who receive NST have a positive outcome, and 80% have a total resolution of their issues between 1 and 5 sessions.
At Tracey's Body Repairs (Bodywork and Massage Therapy), your soft tissue mechanic, uses this technique as the main remedial treatment to help you overcome your chronic (longer than 4 weeks) or acute (less than 4 weeks) pain issues.
How can NST help me?
If you are one of the many people who experience pain on a daily basis, you would agree with Pain Australia -
"Left untreated, chronic pain can have a devastating impact on all aspects of sufferers' lives. About 65 percent of people with chronic pain report interference with daily activities including sleep, sex, work, exercise and routine self-care, which can have a negative effect on personal relationships, social interactions and lifestyle."
NST can help everyone from babies through to the elderly. It is fantastic for athletes and anyone who is suffering chronic or acute pain, or just wants to be brought back into 'balance'.
You can find relief or even complete resolution of many conditions once the ‘body is in balance’ -
* Chronic pain, including neck and back pain
* Headaches, including migraines
* Joint pain, including knee, shoulder, elbow, carpal tunnel and jaw (Tempo-mandibular joint (TMJ)) pain
* Joint restrictions, including frozen shoulder
* Pain and injury from accidents, including whiplash injuries and scarring
* Improved recovery from athletic activities, training or competition
* Back pain during pregnancy
* Muscle cramps
* Menstrual and menopausal discomfort, including hot flashes
* Bed wetting in children, and incontinence in adults
* Anxiety, stress and emotional depression
* Breathing problems, including asthma
* Acute and chronic fatigue
What can I expect in a NST treatment at Tracey's Body Repairs clinic?
When you come into Tracey's Body Repairs (Bodywork & Massage) clinic, you will assessed structurally for imbalances and a treatment plan will be drawn up for you for the session.
Please note - the Neurostructural Technique can be done through your clothing, however it is recommended that you wear loose fitting clothing such as gym/swim gear or board shorts (no jeans or thick cargo pants please).
You will be assessed on and off the table to determine any imbalances in your 'core'. A quick treatment plan will then be determined and your treatment will begin.
Your soft tissue mechanic will then use a set of particular rolling moves (as seen in the video above) over soft tissue, called 'pri-moves'. These moves place your body into a state of relaxation and sedation, allowing various neural reflexes to be activated in your body. There may be slight pauses at various times of your treatment to allow your body to process changes to your neuro-muscular system.
Specialised sports massage stretching techniques will also be used for those clients who need or request more flexibility.
How does NST work?
The aim and philosophy of NST is to restore the structural integrity (core) of the body. The 'core' is seen as the individual components of the spine, pelvis, sacrum, coccyx and skull - plus the muscular system.
The NST pri-moves help stimulate the fascial network (fascia is defined as 'a sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body"), allowing adhesion's and scar tissue to soften. Thus returning flexibility and function to the body.
Once all these core components are integrated, function is restored to the electrical system of the body (nervous system), allowing communication to travel freely to organs and glands in the body and initiate healing. 'Your 'symptoms' disappear and your energy levels are revitalised. Clients often hop off the table and report a feeling of 'lightness' and ease of movement.
To book your NST treatment, contact Tracey's Body Repairs today. You can read about some of the great reviews from clients who have experienced this bodywork here.
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