St. John Neurosmuscular Therapy
St. John Neuromuscular Therapy is the most precise and comprehensive soft tissue and structurally integrative approach to pain relief. The method is based on finding improper structural and biomechanical patterns in the patient’s body. In order to find these improper patterns, Paul St. John developed a way to analyze and chart dysfunctional postural patterns. Once these patterns are analyzed a comprehensive program is designed to guide the client through the five stages of rehabilitation:
- Eliminate muscle spasm
- Restore flexibility
- Restore proper biomechanics
- Increase muscle strength
- Increase muscular endurance
My purpose is to not only to eliminate the pain, but educate the patient on ways to prevent recurrence of the injury.
St. John Neuromuscular Therapy fills a void left by traditional health care by analyzing soft tissue causes of pain. According to recent research approximately 90% of pain symptoms are considered idiopathic, (no known cause.) I believe the reason there is no known cause is that a proper investigation into the patient’s soft tissues is not being performed. St. John Neuromuscular Therapy is analyzes and thoroughly explores the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in order to find these hidden sources of pain.
Restoring proper structure and biomechanics not only alleviate pain, but can positively affect a variety of physiological conditions. One of the neurological laws that is the basis for St. John Neuromuscular Therapy is Wolff’s law, which states “form follows function and function follows form.” Thus, a distortion in the form of the body is often correlated to improper function of the body. For example, a slouching posture can decrease digestive function or a trigger point into the ear can affect hearing or balance. When proper structure is restored to the body, the accompanying physiological problems are often alleviated.