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What's St. John Method

St. John Method of Neuromuscular Therapy

The St. John Neuromuscular Pain Relief Institute is devoted to the ongoing treatment and clinical research of soft-tissue pain and dysfunction. The Institute was founded by Paul St. John on the premise that the answer to health lies in treating the whole person.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) addresses the neuromuscular components of pain by finding the origins of that pain. Performing soft-tissues to restore circulation and proper physiological functioning. NMT renews structural homeostasis by restoring normal physiological functioning among muscles, nerves and the musculoskeletal system.

The Institute's goal is to educate and train health care professionals in the St. John Method of Neuromuscular Therapy, and to make NMT a viable health care option for all. The NMT seminars will benefit massage therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists, as well as dentists, nurses, chiropractors, speech therapists, podiatrists and mental health counselors. The courses will add new dimensions to your analytical and treatment skills.

Paul St. JohnPaul St. John 's credentials include having lectured at Johns Hopkins, the University of North Carolina, the Kentucky Dental Society, the Atlanta Cranio-Mandibular Society and numerous universities nationwide. Nationally and internationally acclaimed, Paul has addressed AMTA conventions, the Physical Medicine Research Foundation, the American College for Advancement in Medicine, the American Academy of Head, Neck and Facial Pain and the Institute for TemporoMandibular Regulation in Germany.

What is the St. John Method of NMT?

The St. John Method of NMT is the science by which structural homeostasis (balance) is brought about between the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. To create structural homeostasis, it is necessary to analyze the physiological principles that govern the performance of both systems.

Paul St. John Introduces Integrative Neurosomatic Therapy and Neurosomatic Educators

Integrative Neurosomatic Therapy is a 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:

  1. Eliminate muscle spasm
  2. Restore flexibility
  3. Restore proper biomechanics
  4. Increase muscle strength
  5. Increase muscular endurance

The purpose of INT is to not only to eliminate the pain, but educate the patient on ways to prevent recurrence of the injury. Integrative Neurosomatic 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, which means there is no known cause. We believe the reason there is no known cause is that a proper investigation into the patient's soft tissues is not being performed.

Integrative Neurosomatic Therapy is a way to analyze and thoroughly explore the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in order to find these hidden sources of pain.

Restoring proper structure and biomechanics not only alleviates pain, but can positively affect a variety of physiological conditions. One of the neurological laws that is the basis for Integrative Neurosomatic Therapy is Wolff's law. Simply stated, Wolff's law 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.

Neurosomatic Educators, LLC is dedicated to transforming lives and revolutionizing the health and wellness industry through its unwavering commitment to deliver innovative education, solutions and tools with integrity, that produce life changing results.Neurosomatic Educators is an educational organization that teaches seminars in manual therapy, but will ultimately become the primary arm for an association of therapists that will continue to grow and develop teaching materials and tools to help with learning and with application of techniques in treating those suffering in pain.Upon successful completion of a series of seminars, tests, and research, the students will earn their certification as Integrative Neurosomatic Therapists.

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