Popularized in the world of professional boxing by the likes of Muhammad Ali and others, the one-two-punch is a withering combination of punches that land opponents down for the count—a quick jab with the left fist followed by a vicious right-hand cross or uppercut punch.

The one-two punch combines two forces that produce a marked effect. Similarly, for the treatment of minor, chronic or acute pain, neuromuscular therapy delivers the first strike, and a customized exercise plan releases the second. This powerful combination alleviates pain and increases movement functionality.

What is neuromuscular therapy?

Neuromuscular Therapy (NTM) is a program of techniques used to balance the body’s nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. NTM improves range of motion, reduces pain, and restores the balance between the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. NTM works to restore posture alignment by explicitly locating areas of tissue spasm and contraction, and releasing them through the elimination of the trigger points that cause pain. Muscle spasms restrict movement and pull our body out of alignment. Then, since muscle moves bones, pulls the bones of our body toward the spasm.

Patients typically achieve a vertically- and horizontally-balanced posture and experience relief from pain following a 90-minute NTM treatment.

But how do you maintain this improved position and keep alignment?

Partnering neuromuscular therapy with an individualized exercise program

After therapy, it’s essential to build movement patterns that will retrain and re-educate your body and central nervous system. I recently partnered with John Calarco, a fitness and training coach and owner of Power Health & Performance, to help my patients improve their health and strength.

John’s methods are similar to my treatment approach. During the initial evaluation, he uncovers dysfunctional movement patterns that may have been present for years as a result of repetitive stressful habits, old scars, and injuries. He observes patterns of overuse, where larger muscles have been overworked, as well as underuse, where muscles have atrophied or been weakened over time.

During the evaluation process, John takes patients through a thorough movement assessment to determine the cause of their restrictions. He’ll then determine an individualized starting level by assessing fundamental movement patterns like walking and running gait, single-leg stance balance, squatting, reaching, and pushing.

After the evaluation, John designs a comprehensive training program suited to his clients’ individualized needs and goals. Once established, he builds upon these personalized exercises, making them more challenging in strength, balance, and endurance.

In addition to one-on-one personal training, John offers a variety of options from which to choose based on your schedule and budget, from supervised small- group adult training to online coaching.

Twenty-Five Percent Off Your Initial Evaluation

If you are ready to truly maximize your health, fitness, and performance I highly recommend reaching out to John Calarco at john@powerhealthandperformance.com. If you mention this article by Dr.7Sky, you will receive a 25% discount off your initial evaluation.

Photo cred: Matheus Ferrero@matheusferrero