The Implication of Neuromatrix Theory in Medical Massage

11 Sep by Worldhide

The Implication of Neuromatrix Theory in Medical Massage

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. Recently I had an amusing chance to see how true this parable is. A while ago I wrote an article that described the theory Body Cells Carry Emotional Memory and explains its application in massage practice. My interest to this theory was mostly based on massive clinical observations. In short, this theory states that the negative memories associated with the emotional trauma are stored in the cells of somatic parts that were affected or injured concurrently with the emotional trauma. But since body cells don’t have any specialized “memory” mechanism I made an assumption that in a frame of this theory, places on somatic parts correspond to book marks while as memories themselves are stored somewhere in brain. That’s how it would have stayed if not for social media incident, that I described in details in my other article “Do pain receptors exist?” Not to repeat myself, it had to do with the Neuromatrix theory developed by Professor Melzack.

It would be safe to say that I was familiar with Prof. Melzack’s works, including since my student years back 42 years ago. Back then I got into it to the degree massage therapist generally should be familiar with it. It doesn’t belong to the “must know,” but rather falls into “nice to know” category. 출장마사지

This time, however, I was challenged and it made me to delve into Prof. Melzak’s theory on much deeper level. Leaving the detail of the actual challenge to another article, I must say that after being submerged into the work for a long time I experienced that great feeling of discovery. The Eureka feeling. Now those ephemeral bookmarks of somatic parts I mentioned earlier, acquired specific shape and form and that’s how…

Indirectly, Prof. Melzack defined neuromatrix mechanism as:

NETWORK OF NEURONES WHICH CREATED “LOOPS” OF “PAIN MEMORY” INSIDE THE CORTEX AND HYPOTHALAMUS. WITH TIME THESE LOOPS ABLE TO GENERATE PAIN INDEPENDENTLY AND CONTRIBUTE TO FORMATION/generation OF PAIN SENSATION.”

This allowed me to speculate that neuromatrix mechanism establishes the location and mechanics of those bookmarks, described in my article referenced above.

I should also point out that despite me not knowing exactly where those negative memories resided, I had a large practical application in my practice and basic practical understanding for the overall paradigm of negative painful memories, has successfully dealt with their release and considered this practice extremely important in the overall scheme of client health.

Therefore, this discovery didn’t change the great deal of how I practiced massage. It anything the difference was very subtle. It only enhanced the understanding of what I have already done all along.

Based on my clinical experiences I already knew that massage procedure can stimulate a release of negative emotional memories. Almost always, they are accompanied by pains, anxieties, clinical depression, etc. This also explains why if pain was generated by sources other than tissue injury, massage therapy, in some cases, can be effective

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