New Jersey spine centers recommend active therapeutic movements because they lead to immediate and long-term results for people who have pain in the back, neck, shoulder, hip and pelvis. Active therapeutic movements are active neuromuscular movements done with passive holding devices. The aim is to work with the way a person’s central nervous system registers pain by making previously painful movements into normal, pain-free movements.
The approach per session is to do 10 to 30 repetitions of the painful movement while a patient uses passive holding devices such as restraining belts and harnesses. The user ends up with an expanded range of motion and new brain imprints on pain. The passive holding works because extraneous, secondary areas of the body causing pain are not involved with the movement. Basically, when core muscles do not work well, the central nervous system obtains support from secondary stabilizers—muscles that are easy to get tight and fatigued. They are not built to support the spine, and when they inevitably fail, pain is the result. Passive holding removes those secondary muscles from the equation.
1. Active therapeutic movements in New Jersey spine centers increase strength right away. Muscle sequencing is more efficient because it takes less muscle activity to create longer-lasting and stronger outputs.
2. Range of motion expands. Stabilization muscles such as the abdominals as well as ligaments and tendons become more competent, allowing other muscles to relax. The result is a much better range of motion.
3. Pain decreases right away. Because the active therapeutic movements approach has no wasted motion or “filler,” it helps the body become more stable. Joint areas move better and are stronger, and muscles move in sync with the rest of the body. The result is well-rounded balance.
Contact one of the New Jersey spine centers near you to find out how you could further benefit from active therapeutic movements and other approaches to pain treatment.