Regenerative Medical Group
A Group Medical Practice & Regenerative Medicine Specialists located in Orange, CA
Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Q & A
Nerve cells (neurons) help regulate voluntary muscles by sending and receiving electrical signals to and from the body.
The peripheral nervous system, which includes all the motor and sensory nerves that link the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body, is affected by a range of conditions known as neuromuscular disorders.
Communication between the nervous system and muscles is disrupted when neurons become sick or die. Muscles weaken and fade away as a consequence (atrophy).
Types of Neuromuscular Disorders
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)–this condition destroys the Cells that regulate voluntary muscular activation
- Autonomic neuropathies–cause nerve injury that affects the heart, blood pressure, body temperature, digestion, and other bodily functions
- Congenital myopathies–a muscular weakness that was present at birth
- Dermatomyositis–muscle weakness and a rash are signs of inflammatory muscle disorder.
- Diabetic neuropathy–diabetes-induced nerve damage
- Muscular disorders acquired:
- Inclusion body myositis–weakness and trouble swallowing are some of the symptoms of inflammatory muscular disease
- Lambert-Eaton Syndrome–Often occurs in conjunction with cancer, resulting in muscular weakness.
- Metabolic myopathies – Muscle breakdown, cramping symptoms, and exercise intolerance, as well as mitochondrial disorders
- Muscular disorders, hereditary:
- Muscular dystrophy–a category of muscle-weakness disorders
- Myasthenia gravis–muscle weakness and tiredness occur from a communication issue between neurons and muscles.
- Necrotizing myopathy–severe muscle deterioration
- Neuromuscular junction disorders (breakdown at the point of connection between nerves & muscles):
- Polymyositis–causes muscular aches, pains, and inflammation
- Small fiber neuropathy–impacts the skin's nerve endings
- Toxic neuropathy–Toxic substances induced pain and weakness.
Possible Symptoms of Neuromuscular Disorders Include:
Many neuromuscular conditions cause muscle weakness and tiredness, which develops over time because of these diseases. Symptoms of certain neuromuscular diseases occur in infancy, while others appear in childhood or even adulthood. The type of neuromuscular disease and the parts of the body affected will determine the symptoms.
Some possible symptoms may include:
- Balance issues
- Double vision
- Droopy eyelids
- The feeling of numbness, tingling, or pain
- Movement problems
- Muscle loss
- Muscle twitching, cramping, and aches and pains associated with muscle weakness
- Trouble breathing
- Trouble swallowing
What Is Neuromuscular Rehabilitation?
The nerves and muscles in your body work together to create movement. Nerves transmit information about where, when, and how quickly to move to your muscles and brain. Muscle movement patterns are learned and retained in memory over time.
Muscle movement patterns can be harmed when nerves or muscles are damaged or injured as a consequence of trauma or other medical or neurological disorders. RMG employs Neuromuscular Rehabilitation as one of its methods for assisting patients with neuromuscular deficits in regaining normal mobility.
Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Consists of:
- PNF(proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)
- Balance and core control activities
- Therapeutic exercises - developed to help re-establish steady & controlled movement patterns
- Therapeutic Massage - to help with circulation, nerve compression, postural problems, and repetitive movement injuries
Why Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Is Important?
Pain, inflammation, and swelling induced by surgery or injury can result in the loss of neuromuscular control. When these neurological systems aren't functioning properly, a person's posture is impaired, and many of the muscles in the afflicted area aren't functioning at an optimum level.
Therefore, it is important to re-establish proper kinesthetic awareness and range of motion of the Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, and Appendicular skeletons, which help reduce many of the symptoms that a patient comes across during the rehabilitation.
Neuromuscular rehabilitation plays a major role in the rehabilitation process. By using proper technique, activities, and exercise, Neuromuscular Rehabilitation can help prevent an acute injury from becoming a chronic condition.
What's Unique About RMG’s Neuromuscular Rehabilitation?
Strength and Conditioning exercises increase your muscular strength, flexibility, endurance, and Range of Motion (ROM)
Balance and Mobility
enhance balance coordination, mobility, and safety techniques for fall prevention
Neuromuscular rehabilitation is designed to help with stroke Rehabilitation
Key is to re-educate your neuromuscular system. Measuring limitations, enhancing Range of Motion (ROM), and ADL’s