The Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST) is a manual therapy technique developed by Osteopath Michael Nixon-Livy, a reinterpretation of the Bowen technique.
At Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy we have further adapted and modified aspects of the technique for the benefit of our patients who are suffering with persistent pain.
NST is a gentle form of soft tissue manipulation, applied in a systematic manner to the back, neck and head, abdomen arms and legs. By contrast to massage, the technique involves a gentle strumming across the muscles, mainly near their attachments to tendons which in turn attach to bones. This may be important for some of the physiological effects, more below.
We use adapted NST alongside evidence based pain management counselling and therapeutic exercise mainly in the treatment of Fibromyalgia, but also for other persistent pain conditions which are a consequence of the central sensitisation phenomenon. These would include chronic low back pain, migraine and tension type headache for example.
Lorraine learnt the technique about 10 years ago on an intensive course in the UK. She found it very effective for helping her Fibromyalgia sufferers manage their widespread pain symptoms. It also helped with mood and sleep.
When she took some time from the clinic after Toby was born, I learnt the technique so I could look after her patients in her absence. NST has since become a very important part of our physiotherapy practice.