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Neurofunctional Acupuncture and the mind-muscle connection

But how permanent are the effects of Acupuncture? How many treatments will I need?

The answer to these questions are as unique as the patients we treat, but in general – it depends on your body! A few treatments can be enough to produce more lasting effects IF:

    • Every other nerve-muscle connection is optimal – so there are no other injuries or dysfunctions to address
    • There is enough existing strength already and a consistent strengthening program is in place
    • That muscle does not continue to be overloaded whether through intensity (how difficult is it to move) or volume (how much difficult moving is you’re doing)
    • The neuromotor inhibition or lack of awareness of that muscle was short-lived, maybe due to a recent injury, pain, inflammation, etc, (as opposed to long-term and ongoing)

So, in summary, a few treatments may be sufficient for really simple orthopaedic issues. Otherwise, repeat treatments will be necessary. For patients who often overwork, overload, overexert themselves, or lack the proper recovery practices, consistent neurofunctional acupuncture is ideal for performance maintenance.

How can Neurofunctional Acupuncture help you reach your goals?

Here are the main ways acupuncture can help you:

      • Reduce pain
      • Improve neuromotor control
      • Increase local blood flow
      • Improve local metabolism

Let’s talk about Performance Maintenance

For patients without neurological conditions, maintaining anything (range of motion, strength, optimal neuromotor control, awareness) is easier than for patients with neurological conditions like cerebral palsy.

If walking or crawling is already efficient, as long as you keep doing them, you’ll be good enough at it. If walking or crawling is difficult, takes more effort, and is less efficient, then JUST continuing to walk or crawl will NOT be enough to keep you good enough at it.

With the added challenge of growing longer and heavier, it becomes harder to even maintain those skills. Muscles become overworked, tight, and inhibited. Prolonged inhibition causes loss of range, strength, endurance, and awareness. This can then lead to injury and regression of function.

This happens to athletes who don’t do sufficient training outside of their sport, and it happens to children and young adults with cerebral palsy who don’t do sufficient training outside of their goal (whether it be sitting, crawling, standing, or walking).

This is why we see swimmers train outside of the pool, and sprinters train with weights. Why older adults do strength training, yoga, and a walking program to maintain their function as they age. This is why the Therasuit Method focuses on first breaking down the component needs to achieve a goal, then effectively isolating those components in the cage. This is the active side of performance maintenance.

The passive side of performance maintenance addresses the ongoing inhibitions and tension that occurs with overtraining. This looks different in different populations and can include massage therapy, osteopathy, chiropractic care, physiotherapy, naturopathy, TCM acupuncture, and neurofunctional acupuncture.

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