Your brain is in constant communication with the rest of your body. It receives signals from your nerves to convey different messages, such as when they are sensing pain. So when a physical function in your body has been impacted, such as reflexes or motor skills, you have to retrain your brain and nerves to work together to help them.
Neuromuscular reeducation training means that you’re trying to regain control of your movements by “reteaching” your spinal cord, muscles and brain to carry out your motor functions. At REPAIR SI, we provide neuromuscular reeducation training to help restore the function of your muscles and nerves.
What Neuromuscular Reeducation Means
Neuromuscular reeducation training refers to therapeutic techniques that help the brain, muscles and spinal cord relearn how to carry out motor functions after they’ve been impacted by a medical condition or injury. The goal is to restore the connection between your mind and body by improving mental perception during movements.
Neuromuscular reeducation training means working to restore movement patterns, including:
- Kinesthetic sense.
- Proprioception (sense of body part position).
It may also provide a variety of other benefits for patients as well, including:
- Reducing pressure on impinged nerves.
- Decreasing soft tissue adhesions.
- Alleviating pain.
- Improving muscle and tendon strength and flexibility.
Who Uses Neuromuscular Reeducation?
Neuromuscular reeducation is geared toward people who have decreased or complete loss of their motor functions. Patients who seek this type of physical therapy have often sustained a serious injury or medical emergency that has impaired their mind-body connection.
Neuromuscular reeducation is utilized in physical therapy by patients who experience a variety of conditions and injuries that impact their movement patterns, including:
- Brain injury.
- Trauma, such as a car accident.
- Extensive immobilization.
Techniques Used in Neuromuscular Reeducation
Neuromuscular reeducation comprises a variety of techniques that are specific to the movement patterns that need to be worked on. It utilizes a mix of guided therapeutic exercises, manual techniques, repetitive movements and more.
A physical therapist will determine what exercises would be the most effective for your needs based on the patterns that have been impacted as well as the cause of the issues.
Neuromuscular reeducation treatment plans may consist of:
- Standing balance exercises.
- Seated stability exercises.
- Desensitizing techniques.
- Postural retraining.
- Isometric muscle contractions.
- Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF).
- Core control and balance activities.
REPAIR SI Can Help Restore Your Movement Patterns With Neuromuscular Reeducation
It can be frustrating when your body is unable to effectively perform normal movement patterns, such as sitting up straight or walking from one place to another. But you shouldn’t lose hope. Neuromuscular reeducation is designed to retrain your mind and body to communicate in order to complete the necessary motor functions.
Neuromuscular re-education can help people regain their ability to have proper control over their body. If you’re interested in booking a neuromuscular reeducation session with a REPAIR SI physical therapist, contact our team today for more information or schedule an initial appointment.