Sufferers of chronic musculoskeletal pain may have a new light at the end of the tunnel in the form of neural tissue management (NTM), according to new research. Recent studies have shown that enhanced long-term relief of the condition is possible when NTM forms a part of a patient’s treatment plan. Here’s everything you need to know.
What is chronic musculoskeletal pain?
Musculoskeletal pain refers to pain, either localised or widespread, in the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and/or nerves. It can be acute or chronic and, aside from moderate to severe pain, is usually accompanied by the following symptoms:
• Body stiffness
• Interrupted or poor quality sleep
• Muscle aches
• Muscle twitches
The most common type of chronic musculoskeletal pain is that of lower back pain.
Who is most at risk?
Anyone can suffer from chronic musculoskeletal pain, however, it is particularly common in people who spend a lot of time on their feet in the workplace, such as teachers. The condition can also be seen regularly in athletes and the elderly. Unfortunately, the exact cause of the affliction is unknown. Theories of possible causes include over-use of one’s muscles, car accidents and falls.
What is neural tissue management?
Neural tissue management is a type of manual therapy performed by chiropractors that focuses on the careful manipulation of a patient’s nervous tissue in an effort to release tension and strain, and reduce pain. It is based on the theory of dynamic imbalance between the relative movement of neural tissues and surrounding interfaces (adverse neurodynamics).
How can it aid in treating chronic musculoskeletal pain?
NTM has proven to assist in the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain in the following ways:
• Facilitating nerve gliding
• Improving axoplasmic flow
• Restoring function
• Resolving symptoms by providing a healthy environment for neural tissues.
For more information about NTM and the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain, do not hesitate to get in touch with CASA. You will also be able to find a chiropractor within your area who will be able to assist you with a variety of treatment options via our website.