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Rapid Muscular Pain Relief

by working more directly with the nervous system

  • No massaging of muscles

  • No deep pressure required

  • No lotions or creams

  • No face down positions required

  • Done fully clothed

  • No stretching

  • No need to touch the muscle being reset

  • Can be done from the opposite side of the body

  • No joint adjustments

  • No mechanical, electrical, or electronic devices required

  • No needles

  • No drugs or any substances applied

Video with the developer of NRT®, Lawrence Woods

Note that NRT is not an energetic method, but is based on sound physiological and neurological principles.

In your body, there are specialized nerve bundles called mechanoreceptors. The receptors respond to pressure, velocity, vibration, stretch, and other forces. When receptors detect a change, a signal is sent to the spinal cord and then relayed to the brain.


With NRT, the therapist briefly stimulates the receptors embedded in the selected muscle by asking for a position to be held or for a movement in a particular direction. Or the therapist taps on a muscle in such a way as to cause receptors to send a special message to the spinal cord.


That new message goes through the spinal integrating center which will reset the nervous system so the muscle is optimized neurologically. With the reset, the muscular pain and tightness disappear within seconds. (Yeah, it's unbelievably awesome!)

Commonly, we see the following conditions improve greatly or disappear completely:


  • Neck and back pain

  • Muscle spasms

  • Headaches, especially tension type 

  • TMJ issues

  • Tennis and golf elbow

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Rotator cuff pain

  • Pain from unknown causes

  • Persistent pain after trauma 

  • Hip pain


During each session, I will thoroughly evaluate each area for pain and tightness. Resets are performed for any dysfunctional muscles. The reset of the nervous system will allow the muscles to obtain a more healthy condition. All treated areas are rechecked to ensure that the area is now clear. Typically, the entire body can be reset in a single session.

More videos with the developer of NRT®, Lawrence Woods

NRT is so quick and effective that people often ask how long will this last. At a minimum, the long-term effects of NRT, in lengthening and relaxing muscles to bring them out of pain, is at least equal to any traditional work, such as neuromuscular/medical massage/deep tissue/myofascial release/activated isolated stretching, or any other type of manual therapy. Therapists and clients report that the results of NRT have often been observed to last longer and to have more profound effects. Sometimes chronic conditions that never seem to make any progress start to clear. 


NRT resets the muscles to a more optimal state. However, there are usually negative factors present, under the control of a client's lifestyle choices, that influence how long the resets last. Many people who suffer from pain will have a number of these factors. The more of these factors they bring to balance, and as they make healthier choices in their lives, the longer it will be before their muscles are in need of another reset. 

Where does pain come from?
Primary factors that can perpetuate pain in the body:

1. Chronic overuse patterns

  • Exercising until fatigued

  • Repetitive stress

  • Too rapid of increase in exercising


2. Chronic underuse patterns

  • Little to no exercise

  • Extended bed rest after an illness or surgery

  • Sitting for extended periods of time


3. Chronic poor postural habits

  • Forward head position

  • Slouching in chairs or couches

  • Standing on one leg

  • Resting on one arm or elbow


4. Under-hydration and/or low blood sugar

  • Muscles require water and energy to operate optimally


5. Lack of quality sleep

  • Decreased production of human growth hormone

  • Inadequate muscle restoration time


6. Nutritional deficiencies

  • Even the USDA recognizes that only 10% of the American population eats a good diet. There are widespread deficiencies in zinc, iron, B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, vitamins C and E, essential fatty acids, fiber, chromium, and vitamin D


7. Hormone imbalances and/or deficiencies

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Hyperthyroidism

  • Diabetes

  • Estrogen and testosterone

  • Cortisol

8. Unresolved psychological issues

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Anger


9. Medical conditions

  • Neurological disorders

  • Alcohol and drug addiction

  • Recent infection

  • Allergies

  • Medications

  • Pregnancy

  • Obesity

  • Cancer

  • Arthritis

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia

  • Radiculopathy


10. Lack of stretching

  • Are we the only animal that does not routinely stretch?


11. Structural imbalances

  • Leg length inequalities

  • Small hemipelvis

  • Long second metatarsal (Morton's foot)

  • Scoliosis

  • Short upper extremities


12. Lax ligaments

  • Joint instability/hypermobility

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