he Niel-Asher Technique™ is a 'natural' method of treatment for shoulder pain and frozen shoulder that utilizes the body's own healing mechanisms. No drugs, no surgery.
The technique uses a specific and unique sequence of manipulations and pressure points to the shoulder joints and soft-tissues. In essence, these can be thought of as 'inputs' into the nervous system.
NAT works with the body, listening to the body's wisdom - not by forcing the arm into the restricted ranges but by applying gentle stimulation to muscles while they are resting.
How does NAT work?
A frozen shoulder seems to result from the way the brain responds to inflammation around the long head of the biceps, in the shoulder complex. In some people, and we still don't know why, the brain over-reacts to this inflammation by switching off groups of muscles.
The Niel-Asher Technique™ stimulates groups of receptors embedded in the muscles to fire their messages to the brain. This creates a new and specific neurological profile within the part of the brain called the somato-sensory cortex. By stimulating these reflexes in a specific sequence, it is possible to change the way the brain fires muscles.
This situation occurs in most shoulder problems and NAT includes specific treatment sequences for a range of conditions such as rotator cuff problems, biceps tendonitis, bursitis, and arthritis.
How Does NAT Differ from other Treatments?
Traditional approaches to the frozen shoulder either address the inflammation (steroid tablets, steroid injections) or the stiffness (physical therapy, exercise therapy, and surgical manipulation).
Physical therapies attempt to improve the range of motion by forcing the shoulder through the blockage which can make the condition considerably worse.
NAT works differently. The arm is kept still while we applying a sequence of pressure points to specific tissues. The first few sessions of the technique initially address the inflammation in the rotator interval, after this the emphasis is on improving the range of motion. Depending how long you have had the problem and which phase you are in, results can be seen in as few as 4 sessions.
The results can be dramatic and fast and the method is 'totally natural'.
NAT embraces the body's own healing processes, as an alternative to forcing the shoulder into painful movements, or using artificial chemicals and drugs to reduce inflammation.
The technique 'fools' the body/brain into healing itself by addressing the two main components of the problem - pain and stiffness