SensoriMotor Repatterning Therapy is an extremely effective treatment for resolving chronic pain and enhancing athletic performance.
SMR finds glitches in how your brain communicates to the body and corrects them so you can move better and without pain. Three sessions can often fix years of chronic symptoms.
SMR identifies inhibited/weak and/or overactive muscles caused by old injuries and resets the neural connection between the motor control center of your brain and the affected muscles. The net result is more functional muscle engagement allowing for a stronger, pain-free musculoskeletal system.
Because SMR truly sets its sight on finding and fixing the core source of clients' problems, chronic pain issues are resolved and stay resolved.
SMR is also an excellent way to prevent injury, remove a compensation pattern and we remove a potential weakness in the kinetic chain.
SMR finds faulty neural patterns in your body and corrects them. Here’s an example…
Two years ago you fell off your bike and landed hard on your glute medius (side of your hip). For the next few weeks, your brain needed to figure out a compensation pattern to work around the fact that you had tissue damage on your hip. You could still walk because your brain re-arranged the way it fires muscles so that different muscles were used to perform your walk cycle. This pattern wasn’t optimal, but it got you from point A to B.
Four weeks later, your tissue damage healed, but there remained faulty sensory receptors at the site, and your brain didn't correctly revert to the old (most optimal) firing pattern. Instead, it fires your quadratus lumborum (QL) every time you need to use your glute medius.
Six months later you are experiencing lower back pain (where your QL lives), and you're not sure why. The reason? Your QL has been firing when it shouldn’t. It’s fatigued, tight and your gait pattern is less than optimal causing compression in your L4/L5 facet joints.
SMR finds these faulty neural patterns and fixes them. Even one session can make a huge difference.
You may be reading this after spending years bouncing around chiropractors, athletic therapists, massage therapists, and physiotherapists trying to solve that chronic issue after finding short-term relief but no long-term solution.
This may be due to the therapists assuming there is a hardware problem, such as a sprained pelvic ligament, tight hamstrings, knots in your back muscles or trigger points in your neck. But what if all these hardware issues are really caused by a software issue? It is possible that due to faulty sensory input being sent to your brain, the motor control center is not sending out the correct firing patterns to corresponding muscles.
You can stretch those hamstrings or foam roll that knot in your back till the cows come home, but they will keep coming back until the software issue is resolved. Once the software is corrected the hardware will return to its healthy state and remain there.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) does not see the mind and body as two separate entities, but instead as a complex whole system, SMR is mindful of this concept. If you believe that previous stress or trauma is in part having an effect on your current symptoms, SMR can help.
Remember the previous example regarding falling off a bike? Along with the physical and proprioceptive injury, the brain looks around to identify the mode of injury and creates protective software loops that are triggered when the same threat is perceived. These protective "Trauma Neural Loops," cause inhibitory or overactive responses in local and global muscle patterns. In the hierarchy of how the brain organizes itself, these threat responses are very high up. For this reason, removing these Trauma Neural Loops via the meridian system is a priority in SMR.
TCM considers stress as being stored in the systems and organs of the body and seeks to balance or remove this stress using the meridian system. It is this system and the related acupoints that have been very effectively integrated into SMR therapy along with neural feedback to direct the specifics of the treatment. I am also a big believer in Dr. Sarno's theory regarding the mind-body connection to chronic pain. More can be read about Dr. Sarno's theory at this link.
You can find out more about the history of SMR at this link.