Training is available in the following Professional Areas

  • Specific training for professionals in health services
  • Physiotherapy and rehabilitation
  • LinfoTaping Lymphatic and vascular rehabilitation
  • Occupational Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Speech Therapy
  • Pediatric Specialization
  • Treatment protocols
  • Research projects
  • Hospital and University collaborations
  • Humanitarian Self help and vocational training

REHABILITATION SPECIFIC RESEARCH PROJECTS

The aim of NMT Volunteer Training Project is to create research programs in NMT rehabilitation assisted programs in Countries in need and to assist in the development of specific treatment protocols required for that area. These projects takes into account the particular types of pathologies seen in the region and which require particular attention. After on site evaluation of social/health needs specific studies are created to underline the rehabilitation requirements to cover the needs. All projects follow the NMT Volunteer Projects underlying aim to reduce the poverty/disbility viscous cycle through improving mobility. Specific NMT rehabilitation projects assist to:

  • reduce Neuropathic Pain in patients after trauma

  • reduce phantom pain in patients with traumatic amputations

  • improve mobility in patients with stroke, especially in young patients under the age of 10

  • be considered a main treatment for facial paralysis from central nervous system trauma, viral or cold origin

  • integrate with existing treatment methods in the long term rehabilitation of cerebal palsy

  • intergrate with existing treatment methods in the long term rehabilitation of club foot as well continous treatment for patients over 5 years old

  • help treatment of autism by improving attention and learning skills

  • improve quality of life issues.

  • reduce physical and post traumatic stress disorders with torture victims

Expected outcome (project out-put)

  • Create and sustain physical rehabilitation service programs to improve the quality life of disabled people in suffering regions

  • Extend local service spectrum and reach to the majority of vulnerable and disadvantage disabled people which enable them to participate in the vocational training programs and productive development in their society.

  • To enable children with disabilities (CWD’s) to have access to school, play and work

  • Enhanced and restore productivity and livelihood of women with disabilities (WWD’s)

  • Strengthening the technical and rehabilitation capacity of the hospitals and centers in the region

  • Enhancing the creation of employment opportunities of disabled persons

  • Encourage international and internal African therapeutic alliance

  • Offer internationally acknowledged therapeutic services to African regions

  • Improve international collaboration in post war afflicted areas

International cooperation research treatment projectsResearch projects are in collaboration with Govenmental Health services, local health services, Universities and specialized projects offering specific rehabilitation treatments in the affected area.

NMT Volunteer Group

Indication for training projects for International volunteering. There are millions of persons who dedicate part of their time to solidarity and voluntary activities each year. It is however true that volunteering means many different things. Any social solidarity activity carried out free of charge, and generally in an organized form, in favor of the community is defined as voluntary. Historically, the idea of ​​combining volunteering, understood in the broad sense of civil commitment to the community, and knowledge of other cultures, started in Europe immediately after the tragedy of the First World War. This first experience saw the participation of volunteers from countries that had fought on opposite sides, to work on the reconstruction of some houses destroyed by the bombing. Since then, thousands of international initiatives have been developed with the dual aim of bringing help and testimonies of concrete solidarity in difficult situations. In this regard, there are very different experiences. Development cooperation is the most commonly known form. NMT Volunteer group is a non-governmental organization that plans and implements development aid through medical service trainings in the countries of the southern hemisphere (commonly Latin America, Africa and parts of Asia) as well central america and east europe. The NMT Volunteer Group is managed by a collaboration of international volunteers, who have particular medical services specializations and professions with specific skills passing well needed Know-How to the services in those countries.

If you wish to collaborate in the realization of any of the following projects you may contribute economically or offer time, expertise or any other service that may help in the project reaching its objective. All of the following projects are already under way and require that evan small contribution to reach its goal. If you have a specific project that you would like to undertake in the area of training then let us know. The NMT volunteer services are completely self funded through our continuing education programs and specific project donations.

ETHIOPIA

Amputation and Phantom Pain treatment clinical trial. Amputation of the upper or lower limb and continuously increases due to car accident or vascular pathologies such as diabetes, ulcer or subsequent trauma. Cases in the US and over 200,000 and in Europe reach 250,000. Traumatic amputation in Ethiopia instead is a direct result of war and land/human mines which continue to devastate the country. Unmapped mines continue to be the principal cause of juvenile amputation in the region. The Ethiopian/Eritrean war and conflict that has decimated the country over the last 30 years has created a whole generation of people with disabilities that maintains poverty in one of the poorest countries. The pain of the amputated part is a more than common condition that to date does not find solution nor explanation in neurorehabilitative or vascular medicine. Effective treatment of Phantom pain continues to elude both physicians and physiotherapists who work in this environment. Neuro modulation of peripheral innervation by a decompressive action of NeuroMuscular taping is finding a series of important clinical results. This is a research study indicating the effectiveness of NMT rehabilitation in phantom pain reduction and consequent improvement of social/employment factors through increasing life quality and working ability.

Institutions involved

  • Mekelle University
  • Mekelle Hospital
  • Mekelle Orthopedic and Physiotherapy Centre
  • SAVA and NMT rehabilitation services

Project budget: USD$1650                                                               View Project

Project Realization: The first part of this project (NMT treatment of upper limb phantom pain) has been realized thanks to research grant and financing by SAVA and NMT Rehabilitation Services, Rome, Italy.  See published research article

2° objective – NMT treatment of Lower limb amputation phantom pain available in all hospital rehabilitation units in the Tigray region is open for financing of initial training of physical therapy and medical staff.

YOJAKARTA, INDONESIA

NMT Study Group and Specialized Training for Autism & ADHD. Autism maybe defined as a neurodevelopment disorder characterized by a series of signs ranging from impaired social skills and communication whether verbal or non verbal. Difficulties in physical and communication skills is a part of the complex spectrum of signs and symptoms. During the last 3 years neuromuscular taping has been clinically seen to improve the coordination of movement and to assist children in communication skills. Applications specific for writing skills has been sent to improve concentration while applications in connection with speech therapy have seen better language and verbal communication capacity. This project will assist in local training in the Yojakarta area of pediatric specialists involved with Autism.

Institutions involved

  • Griya Fisio, Bunda Novy Kadisoka, Yojakarta
  • NMT Institute Asean
  • SERTIPRO GLOBAL Indonesian
  • SAVA and NMT rehabilitation services, USA

Project budget: USD$1650                                                               View Project

CONGO – ETHIOPIA

These 2 projects are apart of the multicentered unified African program.

NMT Training for Club Foot rehabilitation. Club foot is a devistating disability that has been widely studied and many countries have implimented corrective treatments for children from an early age. The are 2 main treatments which cover corrective surgery and corrective splinting and casting. Surgery techniques often require follow-up surgery to continue the lengthening of muscle and tendon fibre during the growing years. Casting is concentrated in the early years upto 5 years old. Evan so, these 2 techniques are considered the gold standard – recurring mal alignment problems and returning club foot remains a significant problem for most services dealing with Club foot. Corrective and specific Physical Therapy rehabilitation is required during the child’s growing years to reduce the debilitating effects of this pathology. An estimated 600 children under the age of 3 are in treatment in Kinshasa, Congo. Club foot remains a quality of life debilitating condition in all communities in Ethiopia.

Institutions involved in Congo and in Ethiopia

  • EL RAPHA Clinic (Kinshasa, Congo)
  • Mekelle University (Ethiopia)
  • Mekelle Hospital (Ethiopia)
  • Mekelle Orthopedic and Physiotherapy Centre (Ethiopia)
  • SAVA and NMT rehabilitation services

Project budget: USD$5550                                                     View Project

ARGENTINA 

NMT Rehabilitation Breast Reconstruction Project. The ultimate goal of this project is to train a group of physiotherapists in Argentina and to introduce the NeuroMuscular Taping rehabilitation system specific for breast reconstruction after cancer surgery. The aim of the initiative is to give a colleagues in South America therapeutic guidelines of the methodologies and of the NMT system to face every day the rehabilitative objectives in patient care after cancer. The Argentina project foresees several departures (2018, 2019, 2020) to guarantee the training and continuity of the project. The rehabilitation system with the Neuro Taping is a low cost therapeutic method, which reduces rehabilitation time, pain and suffering. This training / humanitarian mission is part of a series of collaborations in South America. The project is for 2018-2020. This project is part of the International NMT training and treatment program.

Institutions involved

  • Dra. Mabel Bussati
  • SAVA and NMT rehabilitation services (Italia)

Project budget:  USD$9550                                                     View Project

JAKARTA, INDONESIA

This project is part of a multicentered unified Indonesian stroke treatment program. Stroke is a devistating disability that may be divided into 2 aspects ischemic, due to lack of blood flow, and hemorrhagic, due to internal bleeding. the major risk factor universally recognized is cardiovascular malfunctioning due to life style and eating tendencies. Smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, modern day stress factors and a sedentary life style are all well know causes of stroke and age is not a protective factor when preventing stroke outcome. In many countries the incidence of juvenile and young age stroke is on the increase. Some factors maybe controlled and others may not in our complex society.  All stroke programs have difficulty in pursuing the return of normal functioning moving towards a neuro-motor rehabilitation treatment over time. Costs are elevated for long term care, real positive outcomes are often difficult to achieve and the extremely high percentage of patients that do not recover from stroke call for new and innovative therapies that can follow patients over time. NeuroMuscular Taping is a cost effective means of improving overall neuro-rehabilitation outcomes. This project will train medical professionals and inform stroke patient associations and medical staff on the advantages of low cost continual care for stroke. Project start date 2018-2019.

Institutions involved

  • NMT Institute Asean
  • SERTIPRO GLOBAL Indonesian
  • SAVA and NMT rehabilitation services, USA

Project budget: USD$2250                                                     View Project

ETHIOPIA

Juvenile Stroke Treatment study: Stroke is an injury to the brain. There is a growing number of young patients under the age of 10 who are presenting in hospitals with single sided paralysis due to juvenile stroke conditions. Although the injury is neurological in nature, it produces effects to the body that impair movement, coordination, balance and posture. There are various types of stroke with a different involvement of lower and upper limbs. This study focuses on the upper limb, its involvement limits reaching, grasping and object manipulation, interfering also with everyday activities and quality of life.

Institutions involved

  • Mekelle University
  • Mekelle Hospital
  • Mekelle Orthopedic and Physiotherapy Centre
  • SAVA and NMT rehabilitation services

Project budget: USD$650                                                               View Project

HUAYCAN, CHANCAY E NAZCA, PERU

This project is part of the International NMT training and treatment program.

Volunteer Training Project in Peru & Bolivia. The ultimate aim of this project is to form a group of physiotherapists in Peru and Bolivia and to introduce the NeuroMuscular Taping rehabilitation system. The aim of the initiative is to give colleagues in South America the therapeutic guidelines of manual and specific NMT taping methods to deal with rehabilitative emergencies every day in orthopedic, neurological and pediatric treatment areas. The Peru project foresees several departures (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) to guarantee the training and continuity of the project. The rehabilitation system with NeuroMuscular Taping is a low-cost therapeutic method that reduces rehabilitation time, pain and suffering. This training / humanitarian mission is part of a series of collaborations in South America. The project is for 2018-2019.

Institutions involved

  • CNPIAM – Casa naturista peruano italiana Anna Margottini
  • Butterfly Onlus
  • SAVA and NMT rehabilitation services, USA

Project budget: USD$2250                                                     View Project

SOLO, INDONESIA

Facial Paralysis and Bell’s Palsy treatment project. Bell’s palsy is quite common in tropical and developing countries where there are limited therapy options to reduce symptoms. The first priority in treating Bell’s palsy is to eliminate the source of nerve damage as quickly as possible. The disease is a consequence of nerve inflammation and minor/major nerve compression over a short time period which can result in mild and temporary damage. As time goes on with continuing, constant or increasing compression and without specific treatment, damage to the nerve may also increase. NeuroMuscular Taping (NMT) is a therapeutic resource which helps to reduce pain and inflammation, increasing blood circulation to weak muscles while reducing overall recovery time. Starting from the first NMT application the patient presents an increase of forehead wrinkles, induced eyelid movement and an improvement of lips and mouth coordination and capacity. The project is to create specific training for occupational therapists to assist patients in low income areas of Indonesia.

Institutions involved

  • Occupational Therapy Association, Solo, Indonesia
  • NMT Institute Asean
  • SERTIPRO GLOBAL Indonesian
  • SAVA and NMT rehabilitation services, USA

Project budget: USD$1950                                                               View Project

ETHIOPIA

Non Specific Chronic Lower Back Pain – Universal Treatment Study: Chronic lower back pain remains one on the most requested treatments in all hospitals not only in Ethiopia but worldwide. Chronic lower back pain is one of the most frequent cause of lower limb motor dysfunction and reduced autonomy in aging. Poor postural control and abnormal gait are common features of these patients. Lower back pain in aging is coupled with impaired proprioception contribute to posture and gait anomalies. Reduced working ability and reduced overall autonomy in the working age is a common feature in countries that rely on manual labour.

Institutions involved

  • Mekelle University

  • Mekelle Hospital

  • Mekelle Orthopedic and Physiotherapy Centre

  • SAVA and NMT rehabilitation services

Project budget: USD$650                                                               View Project

Project Realization: The first part of this project (NMT treatment of lower back pain) has been realized thanks to research grant and financing by SAVA and NMT Rehabilitation Services, Rome, Italy.  See published research article

2° objective – NMT treatment of Lower back pain available in all hospital rehabilitation units in the Tigray region is open for financing.

BANKAR ISLAND, INDONESIA

NeuroMuscular Taping Training Project for Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is an injury to the brain. There is a growing number of young patients under the age of 10 who are presenting in hospitals with single sided paralysis due to jeuvinile stroke conditions. Although the injury is neurological in nature, it produces effects to the body that impair movement, coordination, balance and posture. There are various types of stroke with a different involvement of lower and upper limbs. This study focuses on the upper limb, its involvement limits reaching, grasping and object manipulation, interfering also with everyday activities and quality of life.

Institutions involved

  • NMT Institute Asean
  • SERTIPRO GLOBAL Indonesian
  • SAVA and NMT rehabilitation services, USA

Project budget: USD$1650                                                               View Project

VOLUNTEER MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES TRAINING

The NeuroMuscular Taping Institute has been organizing volunteer projects in developing countries for several years, providing a high level of specialization in the rehabilitation area, using a simple, effective and low-cost methods. The realization of tese projects is only possible thanks to a collaboration of local organizations, which already operate in the area. Each project includes an initial training course of 4 days, followed by tutoring and clinical verification and training by the NMT Institute team during the following days. The duration of each project varies from around 10 to 20 days. All organizational and logistical expenses are generally covered by the Institute. The expenses instead are covered by the volunteers: air ticket, visa, possible mandatory vaccinations. All other costs are covered by the NMT Institute.

Volunteers are required to have a spirit of adaptation, ability to work in groups, willingness to pass on their valuable treatment KNOW-HOW and enthusiasm to participate in the project.

Questioning is not easy for anyone. We believe in “lifelong learning”, we wondered if the opportunities for civil and social engagement and knowledge of new cultures offered by international volunteering can not be an effective tool to promote and stimulate your “active global citizenship”. When you choose to take part in a volunteer project, you need to be sure to start with the right predisposition of mind, be able to accept challenges that may meet along the way, unexpected difficulties, you must be able to get involved leaving your own comfort zone and leaving home any kind of prejudice, remaining open to welcome new knowledge.

To participate simply send the completed application form (request at segreterianmtinstitute@gmail.com) together with your CV, which will be considered for the application, depending on the available places. If you are chosen, you will receive confirmation (by email) and we will start the organizational procedures.

Why choose to participate in NMT Volunteer Projects? Because it is a training experience from a professional and personal point of view, because you receive more than you give, because it allows you to know different realities enriching,  empowering, challenging your personal mind sense and inspiration and enhancing your quality of life.

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