NeuroMuscular Reprogramming

Jocelyn Olivier, a Master Bodyworker with over 35 years of professional experience, created NMR. Based on years of research and observation, Jocelyn noticed that a primary shortcoming of traditional Physical Therapy is that it tries to strengthen a muscle that has been damaged by injury, surgery or misuse. The most common complain of PT patients is that they cannot do the exercises, at least not without substantial pain. That is because the brain cannot find that muscle and must compensate by recruiting other muscles. This creates an improper and unbalanced system that is bound to fail. NMR teaches an inhibited muscle to work independently by removing the obstructions that currently prevent it from working. This makes Tim an excellent choice to work in coordination with your Physical Therapist. The PT can use modalities that Massage Therapists cannot like electro stimulation. Tim takes the work the PT does and enhances it by adding NMR, Deep Tissue and PNF stretching to increase both the strength and range of motion of any group of muscles or joints.

When the body endures trauma, there is damage to both the soft tissues and the neuromuscular programs that govern alignment, movement and postural support. Dysfunctional movement patterns impressed onto the motor control center at the time of injury do not change simply because the tissue heals. This also occurs with slower forms of trauma like repetitive use injuries and atrophies due to inactivity. NMR is a kinesthetic conversation with the motor control center of the brain that facilitates new learning, in effect, reprogramming damaged or inefficient muscle use patterns. Simply stated, NMR teaches the body to work properly by showing it how!

NMR uses specific muscle testing. This is the Therapist’s way of asking the body “Does this muscle work or not?” This conscious connection to the muscles reveals how the interrelated parts move and feel coordinated with each other. Even those with an underdeveloped “mind/body connection” can feel the immediate improvement in neuromuscular connectivity because they actively participate in the corrections and connections being made. Once “turned on,” NMR locks in positive use patterns.

NMR also addresses the phenomena of “expected pain,” where a client expects to feel pain even if none truly exists because they have experienced pain in that area before. Once released, the NMR Therapist teaches the brain the new, fuller range of motion by repeatedly moving through that range of motion. Once the brain recognizes the new pattern, it allows and enjoys the new movement.
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Deep Tissue
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deeper pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia. This can help break up and eliminate scar tissue. Muscles that are overly stressed or hypertonic block oxygen and nutrients from flowing freely through the body. This leads to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue. A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues, release toxins from muscles and allow blood and oxygen to circulate properly. Because many toxins are released, it's important to drink plenty of water before and especially after a deep-tissue session to help eliminate these toxins from the body. Because Deep Tissue massage focuses on specific areas, it may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. Forthright communication between client and therapist helps reduce any discomfort. When done correctly, it is both corrective and therapeutic.
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Trigger Point
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), sometimes known as trigger point therapy is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation techniques that balance the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) with the structure and form of musculoskeletal system (skeleton and muscles of the body). Neuromuscular Therapy can help individuals experiencing structural distortion; biomechanical dysfunction and accompanying pain that is often a symptom of underlying problems. It is used to locate and release spasms and hyper contraction in the tissues; eliminate trigger points that cause referred pain; restore postural alignment, proper biomechanics and flexibility to the tissues; rebuild the strength of injured tissues and assist venous and lymphatic flow. Neuromuscular Therapy is an effective way to decrease toxicity in the body, enhance range or motion and flexibility, improve circulation, improve posture, increase energy and generate a sense of well being. The treatments can be intense, but should never be painful. It is crucial that the client and therapist have open communication about pain levels so that the therapist can stay within the client’s tolerance.
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Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, reduce fatigue, relieve swelling, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility and prevent future injuries. The function of Sports Massage Therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. This can help prevent those nagging injuries that hinder performance and achievement, whether a person is a competitive athlete, a once a week jogger or weekend warrior.
Sports Massage reduces muscle fatigue and recovery time by eliminating lactic acid buildup and encouraging oxygen and blood flow to muscle fibers. This increases range of motion and enhances muscle endurance, both of which aid in preventing injury. As a final bonus, Sports Massage helps the athlete work out those kinks and soreness from training which simply feels good! Sports Massage is not just for competitive athletes, though. Regardless of whether the person is a competitive athlete or a couch potato, Sports Massage can help alleviate common muscular injuries and pain.

See the client testimonials for personal experiences from the athletes Tim has worked with over the years."
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Swedish massage is known as the "traditional" massage. This style of massage includes long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping and shaking motions. The main purpose of Swedish Massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. It is usually used to warm up the tissues before deeper or more specific modalities like Deep Tissue and Trigger Point. Swedish Massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons which keeps them supple and pliable and thus less prone to injury. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management.
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Myofascial Release
Tim had the tremendous fortune to study Myofascial Release with Wolfgang Luckman, a pioneer in the field of massage & bodywork and a master instructor for over 20 years.
Myofascial Release Therapy is an extremely effective hands-on technique that works by applying gentle, sustained pressure to eliminate pain and restore flexibility and motion to the fascia. This is a densely woven sheath of connective tissue that interpenetrates and “houses” every muscle, bone, vein, nerve and every internal organ including the spinal cord. A good visualization is a spider web that in effect holds everything together in a neat package connecting every part of the body to every other part of the body. Another commonly used analogy is panty hose. When you stretch one end or part, the entire fabric stretches.
In its natural healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and has the flexibility to stretch and move without undue restriction. If however, there has been physical trauma to the body or scarring, the normally pliable fascia becomes tight and restricted, causing tension throughout the rest of the body. Sustained poor posture and improper body mechanics can also damage both muscle and fascia. This condition is sometimes referred to as Myofascial pain syndrome. Many people who suffer from pain or reduced range of motion may be having fascial problems. These cases often go undiagnosed because many of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, cat scans, electromyography, etc. do not show the fascial restrictions. Treatment by traditional western medicine is often ineffective. There is a large body of scholarly research supporting the efficacy of complimentary medicine such as massage and acupuncture in treating myofascial pain.
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Joint Mobilization
Joint mobilization is the use of controlled graded forces to move a joint in a desired direction. Any joint that lacks sufficient motion may be mobilized. The most common areas for Joint Mobilization are the joints of the extremities such as the shoulder, wrist, knee and foot.
When a joint’s mobility is impaired, structure and function of the region change in one or two ways. Cartilage nutrition starts to decrease within the joint, and adjacent joints begin to move excessively to compensate for the stiff (hypomobile) joint. These adjacent joints begin to break down due to excessive use. Muscles surrounding a stiff joint lose their ability to contract and relax sufficiently and become hypertonic. Soon the whole region is involved in the dysfunction surrounding the stiff joint.
A locked joint may also cause adjacent joints to suffer similarly reduced movement. If the knee joint is damaged and does not allow for full flexion/extension, then both the hip and ankle in that chain will be impacted and will not be able to fully flex and extend, either. This is fairly serious situation because one injury causes other problems that create further imbalances and painful movements.
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PNF or Active-Engagement Stretching
Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) is widely regarded as the best method to increase overall flexibility in target muscle groups. The technique was originally developed by physiotherapists during the 1940s to assist in the rehabilitation of paralytic patients and encompasses a variety of methods. Probably the most useful is the partner-assisted hold/relax method. In simple terms, this involves the target muscle group being stretched to its maximum range of movement (ROM), at which stage the muscle is contracted strongly for at least 6 to 8 seconds. At this point the muscle is relaxed by a reflex triggered by the Golgi tendon organs and deliberately relieved by the stretcher. Once the stretch is reapplied, it should be possible to extend the muscle group slightly further than on the previous attempt, eventually reaching the maximum ROM. With work, the ROM should increase, resulting in improved flexibility. PNF re-educates the neuromuscular response, thereby creating a reduction in muscle spasms, an increase in range of motion and flexibility, as well as developing strength, endurance and coordination.
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Infant massage is one of the greatest gifts a new parent can give their baby. Not only is Infant Massage medically beneficial, but it is a tremendous opportunity for the parents or caregivers to physically bond with the child. When administered correctly, Infant Massage has been shown to relax the Central Nervous System, increase appetite, speed elimination, and encourage deeper sleep. All of these put the baby in the best possible position to gain weight, have a healthy digestive system, and sleep better. It even can reduce colic symptoms. It sure helped my daughter sleep great and was a wonderful part of our evening ritual.
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