What is Neuromuscular Therapy?

The term goes back to the osteopaths in the early part of the 20th century. In modern times the method of Paul St.John is the most respected.



With this therapy you can locate and treat the source of pain in the body, not only the secondary effects

How was St.John therapy developed?

Paul St.John developed an intense interest in studying and researching soft tissue pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction because of serious injuries he sustained throughout his life.

He broke his back in 3 places in a high school football game,he was shot out of a helicopter as a Green Beret medic in Vietnam, and he was in a head-on automobile collision.


For years he was awakened to headaches and unceasing pain.

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After four years of chiropractic, neurology, osteopathy, and even psychiatry, he had found no permanent relief from his pain. This led him to medical libraries where he began to investigate the root causes of pain in the body. He studied pain mechanisms, researched the function of the nervous system, and the neurological laws that govern the workings of the body.

Through this research he found that most pain conditions stem from the problems in the muscular system.


Armed with this information, he began to study his own body and the pain patterns which had developed from his injuries. During his research, he became familiar with a technique called receptor tonus technique developed by Dr Raymond Nimmo. He found that by pressing on the tissues of his neck,back and shoulders, he was able to get temporary relief. He began perfecting the receptor tonus technique and, at the same time began teaching others to treat his tissues.

For the first time in four years he was pain free.


Later he integrated other techniques so Mariano Racabado, Janet Travell, John Barnes, Dr John Christopher, Dr Bernard Jensen, and other orthodox and non-conventional teachers.


Out of this resulted the St.John Method of Neuromuscular Therapy

What makes Neuromuscular Therapy different from Massage?

In this therapy we adopt the following rules:                                           


  • locate and eliminate spasms, hyper-contraction and trigger points from the soft tissues

  • restore postural alignment, proper bio-mechanics or movement patterns

  • restore flexibility and increase blood flow to the tissues

  • rebuild strength of the injured, weak and or atrophied tissues.

  • build endurance of the tissues for lasting results



Following this protocol creates the the optimal conditions for a recovery.


If the rules are not followed, there can be negative results.

What kind of problems does neuromuscular therapy address??


Headaches – Migraines – Scoliosis – Whiplash - Herniated disc syndrome - Back pain - Neck pain - Shoulder pain - Hip pain – Knee pain – Foot pain – Torticollis – Carpal tunnel syndrome

Tendonitis – Muscle spasms – Cramps and strains – Postural distortions – Fibromyalgia – Trigenimus neuralgia – etc. etc.

What is Chronic Pain?

Pain memory.

The experience of pain is generated in our brain. We feel pain at a certain location this is only because the brain is giving us this impression.  Pain can be caused locally by inflammation or injury. This stimulates special nerve sensors and the nerves send signals up our spine to the brain.  This is important when nerve cells are injured or irritated the brain assumes that the area, which they are connected to, is painful despite it being absolute healthy. For example you feel pain in the leg but the injury is located in the spine. This is called referred pain. Pain is not always located where it is felt.

Chronic pain.

Chronic pain that persists a long time after the original injury has healed may stem from an old memory trace that gets stuck in the cortex.

Trigger Points or Myofacial Trigger points

The term myofacial is derived from myo which means muscle and facia which is the connective tissue that envelopes muscle, tendons and joint capsules.
In their 2 volume work "Myofacial Pain and Dysfunction" Drs.  Janet Travell & David Simons  offer this definition:

"A hyper irritable spot usually within a taut band of skeletat muscle or in the muscle fascia, that is painful on compression and that can give rise to characteristic referred pain."  But in general we still haven´t developed and understood all of this phenomen because this issue is one of the most significant causes of chronic pain in general.

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