What sets NRT apart from all other pain treatment and muscle modalities is its basis upon natural body function and the recognition of the brains involvement during the treatment and recovery process. In other words, it is the brain’s job to allow healing to take place, but it is also the brain’s job to provide protection to injured areas. Oftentimes, this brain-based process of protecting an injured area results in other muscle or soft tissue imbalances throughout the body. A therapist, who recognizes and only treats the primary injury (or site of pain), ignoring related imbalance or functional issues, will provide only partial or short term relief for the client. For example, chronic pain of the Achilles tendon in the right ankle will cause an individual to shift their weight or favor the right side resulting in an asymmetric abnormality of the gait.
Untreated over time, this protective neurological response will wreak havoc on the body by creating one or more additional functional imbalances or soft tissue problems.
A skilled NRT therapist, armed with this knowledge, looks for the obvious as well as the not so obvious, during the treatment process. An NRT therapist’s hands-on ability to achieve optimal outcomes is much higher than therapists who do not have the same knowledge of the brain’s natural neurological response and its relationship to normal body function. Basically, through NRT, the body is provided the opportunity to return to its natural state of function and wellness.