If you have lost some of your range of motion or coordination due to injury, illness, or for any other reason. There are various forms of therapy that can help. Such as physical therapy, certain forms of massage therapy, and neuromuscular reeducation. But what is neuromuscular reeducation and how can it help? This article will answer all your questions.
What Is Neuromuscular Reeducation
Neuromuscular re-education is a series of movements and techniques that are designed to restore neuromuscular function. Patients who have suffered injuries or have conditions that has affected their mobility and neuromuscular function can benefit from these exercises.
The exercises are designed to reinforce the communication between muscle groups and nerves. So everyday tasks like walking and jumping for example will be used. Simple tasks that were either once easy and have now become difficult. Or need to be learned.
Through neuromuscular reeducation you can improve your balance, posture, coordination, hand-to-eye coordination. Bringing all of your senses together and giving the the balance and stability you need to function and do all the routine tasks you see others doing.
It’s similar to physical therapy in its objective to restore or improve range of motions. A lot of patients seeking this treatment are doing so because of an injury or illness. The goal of the treatment is to restore as much function and coordination as possible.
Who Is Neuromuscular Reeducation For?
There are a number of reasons and conditions that lead people to use reeducation therapy. People suffering with health conditions that have a degenerative effect on their health will often do the therapy.
Conditions such as cerebral palsy, MS and arthritis reduce a person’s range of motion and flexibility. Reeducation therapy is used as part of their treatments to help them manage their conditions. Helping a person regain the ability to carry out tasks and retain some independence.
It’s also perfectly healthy people that turn to this form of therapy too. Such as professional athletes looking to improve their balance, coordination and flexibility. If it helps their professional performances then it’s a valuable part of their training schedule.
As far as knowing what the exercises will be and how much they will help is hard to say. It depends on the therapist and the patient. Some exercises designed to increase balance for example involve balancing on an object, or on one leg.
Regaining strength in one arm will involve exercises for that arm. With a number of reps covering a specific range of motion. Building up over time and having the progress charted to ensure gains are being made.
Neuromuscular Reeducation Benefits
Patients will generally report a significant improvement in the strength and motion of the area being worked on. As well as a range of overall health improvements. Here are some of the benefits associated with this form of therapy:
- Relief from pain due to back problems such as slipped discs
- Reduction in the amount and severity of headaches and migraines
- Reduction in the pain and discomfort from nerve damage
- Improved sleep quality and duration
- Reduction in the effects of stress and anxiety
- Improved coordination, balance, and motion as per specific exercises
- An increase in energy and all-round well-being
As you can see from the above benefits, managing or recovering from health issues comes with a lot of other positive benefits. You will feel more confident, more able, and feel more independent.
Neuromuscular reeducation is a vital and important part of physical therapy. Whether it’s recovering from injuries or managing the effects of medical conditions. Being able to reeducate your body to help you perform tasks easier, better, and with less stress is an important part of your physical and mental well-being.
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