Recently, Ali went to Melbourne to participate in a course on DermoNeuroModulating. This term basically means the therapist is using techniques to move the skin (Dermo) in such ways to change (Modulate) the nervous system (Neuro). The aim of this is to change the perception of pain.

Pain is defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain as:
An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage”

Neurons in the body make up about 2% of the whole body but use up 25% of the oxygen and glucose, so they can only get what they need from adequate blood supply. Not getting a good enough blood supply can cause the nerves to get irritated. Healthy nerves are fed and drained by varied and frequent movement. Sometimes though nerves may not be being fed and drained adequately which can manifest as a pain for the person.

Using these gentle techniques is a type of sensory rehabilitation that is safe and non-threatening to someone experiencing their pain. The theory is that by providing a sensory rehabilitation before and alongside physical rehabilitation it will bring about improved results for the person in pain.

Below is a video of Ali and her client Martine. Martine presented feeling an intense pain in her lower back and radiating down her leg. She was uncomfortable sitting and felt her movement was impaired. Ali used the gentle DNM techniques to help return blood flow and drainage to the nerves that had become ‘grumpy and irritable’ and as you can see in the video, Martine felt she had reduced pain and more mobility by the end of her session with Ali.

If you or someone you know is suffering from similar pain you can make an appointment with Ali Sullivan to see if DNM will be helpful.