Myofascial Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
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WHAT IS THE NIMMO RECEPTOR-TONUS TECHNIQUE?
The NimmoReceptor-Tonus Technique is a chiropractic technique developed by Dr.Raymond Nimmo in the mid 195O's. Removalof ,,nerve interference"by the treatmentof certain points on muscles,ligaments,and tendoncalled ,,trigger points"is the mainfocusofthistechnique.

What are"TriggerPoints"?
TriggerPoints,bydefinition,arepointsin muscles, Iigamentsand tendons that when touchedare extremelypainfuland, becauseof that pain, often cause referredpain toanotherpartof the body. Just as a triggerof a gun causessomethingto happensomewnereelse(wherethebullethits),stimulatinga muscle, ligamentortendontriggerpointscausespainsomewhere ct5c.

The actual composition of a trigger point within the muscle are wasteproductsfromthemuscle(lacticacid,hyaluronicacid,etc.)thatareunableto bewashedoutintothe body'sbloodstreama d out of thebody.Thesewasteproductsare,bynature,veryirritativetothemusclesandcausepain.

HOW DO PEOPLE GET TRIGGER POINTS?
Mostoften,theyarecausedbytraumato a partof the body' A fall, an auto accident,a sudden unexpectedmovement,or a muscle sprainor stain anytimein one's lifecouldcausetriggerpoints.Stress is the usualcauseofa flair-up ofthesepoints.

WILL TRIGGER POINTS GO AWAY BY'THEM SELVES?
No, not completely.To exptain why,tet me discuss thephysiological aspectsofthesetriggerpointsas simplyas possible.For example, let's sayyouinjuredoneif the musclesof yourshoulderby lifting somethingveryheavytooquickly.The muscleis injured.lt sends a message,by way of a sensory nerve,to the spinalcord that siys the muscleis injured and is in pain. An orderfromthe spinal cord comes backto that muscle (withiO timestheintensityoftheincomingmessage)tellingit to contract(spasm).Thereasonthe spinal coro sendsthisorder is to preventyoufrombeinginjuredanyfurther.A verypainful,spasmedmusclewill keepalmostanyonefromusingitquitenaturally.

Now,with this shouldermusclespasm,all the smallblood vessels in the muscle are closed shut oy pressurefrom the muscle. Very littleblood is gettingto the muscle and very little is gettingout. Withinhoursthis causes a build-upof waste productswithin the muscle unable to be washed out becauseof the spasm.

These built-up waste productsare very irritative to the muscle and a message will be sent to the spinalcord telling it that there is pain. The cord willrespond by it's usual way and send an order to the muscles to contract, makingthe problemeven worse. As you can see, there is a cycle here that \ willcontinue to perpetuateitself.

WHATCAN YOU DO FOR THESE PONTS?
The Nimmo Receptor-TonusChiropracticTechnique usesdigitalpressureon thesepointsfor 5-7 seconds to break the cycle. Putgoodfirmpressureon any partof yourbodyfor 5 seconds and see whathappens. A nice red spot will develop for several minutes.The red spot is actually a response (reflex)fromyourbody telling the blood vessels to open-up andgetbigger.With the bloodvesselsgettingbigger in a trigger point,the built-up toxins have a chanceto escape into the blood streamand the PAIN SPASM WASTE BUILD UP cvclewill be broken.


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