Neurosomatic Therapy (NST) is an integrative form of manual therapy that identifies and corrects structural and biomechanical patterns in the body that cause chronic pain. Traditional chronic pain treatment only addresses one aspect of the underlying condition. Massage Therapy, Physical Therapy, and medicinal pain management all fail to fully address the soft tissue causes of pain. By contrast, NST creates a comprehensive therapy program using careful analysis of dysfunctional postural and movement patterns.
The program includes the five stages of rehabilitation:
▪ Eliminating Muscle Spasm
▪ Restoring Flexibility
▪ Restoring Proper Biomechanics
▪ Increasing Muscle Strength
▪ Increasing Muscular Endurance
The purpose of NST is to not only eliminate the pain but educate the patient on ways to prevent the recurrence of the injury.
History & Influences of Neurosomatic Therapy
Neurosomatic Therapy was developed in response to a void in traditional health care where too many pain symptoms have no known cause. By studying the relationship between soft tissues, the skeletal system, and the nervous system, NST founder Paul St. John discovered a way to bring lasting pain relief to patients. The system combines Massage Therapy, Posturology, and Corrective Exercise techniques to address the muscular system. All of the techniques used in NST are non-chiropractic, non-surgical, and non-invasive. The techniques center on balancing the body structurally.
True Pain Relief
NST alleviates pain and can positively affect a variety of physiological conditions by restoring proper alignment and biomechanics in the body. One law applied in Neurosomatic Therapy is Wolff’s law. Wolff’s law states “form follows function and function follows form.” Thus, a distortion in the form of the body is often correlated to the improper function of the body. Restoration of proper structure often alleviates the accompanying physiological problems. Physicians, patients, and therapists all agree that this form of therapy succeeds where other forms of rehabilitation and pain treatment fail.