NEUROMUSCULAR TAPING and ACUDETOX
“Viable treatment options for managing collective social disaster recovery and sustainable health care”
This International NMT Training Project, created by the NeuroMuscular Taping (NMT) Institute, aims to equip medical professionals in rehabilitation with innovative and effective treatment protocols and skills to improve patient outcomes, quality of life, and overall therapy. The NMT Institute was established in Italy in 2003 and has headquarters in Rome, New York, Jakarta, Buenos Aires, and Sydney.
NMT methodology focuses on enhancing professional skills through patient evaluation and treatment, applicable in various healthcare settings. The institute’s sustainable healthcare project is built on comprehensive training and treatment protocol management, which creates therapeutic algorithms. This system invests in human resources and skill development, enabling healthcare workers to manage a wide range of health situations, including primary trauma care, post-surgery rehabilitation, wound treatment, and subclinical post-trauma related conditions. These conditions may cause post-trauma pain, mobility issues, edema, hematoma, and muscle tension in patients of all ages.
Advanced training in Disaster Health Care management for public and private healthcare clinics and hospitals is designed to achieve specific goals, including differentiation of hospitals into primary and secondary trauma care, occupation of non-emergency healthcare workers in treating clinical and subclinical trauma-related conditions, use of acute and post- acute surgical treatment protocols to maximise patients’ rehabilitation time, facilitation of fracture and wound care and healing, and diversified and effective treatment of subclinical conditions such as neck and back pain.
Other benefits of this training include the reduction of pain and overuse of medication, decrease in complications, and 24-hour therapeutic benefit, improvement of mobility and autonomy, enhancement of patient compliance in ongoing therapy, provision of continuing healthcare assistance, and maintenance of high-quality standards to improve short and long- term rehabilitative care.
SAVA rehabilitation LINK, in partnership with the NMT Institute, provides an ear acupuncture treatment protocol known as ACUDETOX, which has been utilised in various post traumatic social collective situations. Originally created by Dr. Michael Smith (NADA) in the early 1980s in New York, this protocol was specifically designed to alleviate anxiety, insomnia, emotional disturbances, fatigue, and other subclinical withdrawal symptoms associated with drug and alcohol addiction. In 2001 World Trade Center and the 2005 New Orleans hurricane disaster the protocol was used to treat post traumatic stress disorder among thousands of affected individuals and disaster help and rescue teams. When human resources are depleted during prolonged disaster situations, the post traumatic ear acupuncture protocol has been found to be effective in improving sleep, reducing anxiety, enhancing mental focus, and alleviating pain and fatigue.
Individuals with subclinical PTSD exhibit similar symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, fear, fatigue, hyperarousal, and social withdrawal and avoidance, as those with full PTSD. However, subclinical PTSD is diagnosed when these symptoms are not persistent or when some symptoms are present, but not all.
NMT Institute’s sustainable healthcare project is built on:
- comprehensive training
- treatment protocol management evident fast track treatment results
- creation of therapeutic algorithms
- cost effective treatment
- human hands on non pharmacological approach
World Health Organisation – Five Principles of Sustainable Healthcare
The following have been proposed by the WHO as a model to facilitate sustainable decision making at all levels of the healthcare system and clinical practice. The order of the principles was specifically designed to reflect their power (and therefore importance) to achieve sustainable change
- Prevention (preventing disease and encouraging healthier populations)
- Patient self-care. (equipping patients to manage own health)
- Lean service delivery (improving efficiency)
- Low carbon alternatives (of treatments or interventions where available)
- Facilities (minimising environmental impact of infrastructure)
NMT Principles of Sustainable Healthcare
NeuroMuscular Taping treatment processes for surgery, neurological trauma such as stroke, wound healing, pediatric and geriatric rehabilitation aims to facilitate sustainable decision making at all levels of the healthcare system and in clinical practice. Objectives include:
- Engaging human medical staff resources through training
- Encouraging disease prevention and deterioration through fast-track treatment processes
- Encouraging a non pharmacological approach and involving patients to assist in managing own health Community based programming and clinics
- Lean service delivery and algorithm processes improving treatment efficiency
- Low level pollution aspects – recyclable paper, plastic cotton based tape to reduce carbon emissions
- Low tech facilities minimising environmental impact of infrastructure and consumables
With thousands of trained and certified physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and doctors trained in this technique, they present a trained community available to aid in the recovery of traumatised individuals during natural disasters. To ensure an effective recovery process, the following flow chart can outline the necessary steps, from mobilising the trained neuromuscular taping specialists, setting up a temporary clinic, conducting initial evaluations, providing treatment, and administering follow-up care. This flow chart can help hospitals and medical organisations optimise the use of trained neuromuscular taping specialists in disaster situations and provide relief and care to those in need.
Advanced training in Disaster Health Care NMT management for public and private community based healthcare clinics and hospitals is designed to achieve specific goals:
- differentiation of hospitals into primary and secondary trauma care
- occupation of non-emergency healthcare workers in treating clinical and minor or subclinical trauma-related conditions,
- use of acute and post-acute surgical treatment protocols to maximise patients’ rehabilitation time
- facilitation of fracture and wound care and healing
- diversified and effective treatment of subclinical conditions such as neck and back pain.
Other benefits of this training include:
- reduction of pain and overuse of medication
- reduce complications
- 24-hour therapeutic benefit
- improvement of mobility and autonomy
- enhancement of patient compliance in ongoing therapy
- provision of continuing healthcare assistance
- maintenance of high-quality standards to improve short and long-term rehabilitative care
NMT trained specialists cover:
- physical therapists
- occupational therapists
- speech therapists
- other medical staff
NeuroMuscular Taping Disaster Health Care Model
Following the WHO recommendations a 7 step guide hs been created and indicates how an available database of NMT trained professionals may be diverted to specific disaster recovery emergency program. NMT Institute recommends requalification training for RECOVERY.
- Assess the Situation:
- Evaluate the extent and severity of the disaster and its impact on the local population.
- Determine the available resources, including medical supplies (tape, scissors, disinfectant gel, acupuncture needles) and trained NMT personnel.
- Evaluate centralised and decentralised areas that require assistance based on local population
- Mobilise the Neuromuscular Taping Specialists:
- Contact the trained neuromuscular taping specialists in the area through national register of NMT trained specialists
- Request assistance
- Deploy them to designated mobile clinics at the disaster site.
- Set up a Mobile Clinic:
- Create a temporary clinic in a safe and accessible location.
- Mobile clinic decentralised locations in collaboration with the community services
- Equip it with the necessary basic medical disinfectant supplies, blood pressure monitoring equipment, taping equipment, air mattresses, covers, and other items.
- Conduct Initial Evaluations:
- Screen patients for injuries blood pressure monitoring
- Screen patients for injuries, pain, and mobility issues.
- Identify those who can benefit from neuromuscular taping treatment.
- Identify those with sub-clinical PTSD and who can benefit from Acudetox treatment.
- Refer to primary emergency fractures, internal injuries, head injuries, blood pressure abnormalities if necessary
- Administer Treatment:
- Apply neuromuscular taping to the affected areas to reduce pain, swelling, inflammation, and bruising, and to improve mobility.
- Apply ear acupuncture Acudetox protocol in a siting position
- Other ear acupuncture treatments for reducing pain, swelling, inflammation, and to improve mobility.
- Monitor patients for any adverse reactions or complications not seen in the initial evaluation.
- Provide Follow-up Care:
- Schedule follow-up visits to monitor patients’ progress and adjust NMT treatment as necessary.
- Monitor anxiety and sleeping for PTSD
- Provide patients with self-care instructions and advice on pain management, mobility exercises, and other supportive therapies.
- Document and Report:
- Record patients’ medical history, evaluations, and treatment progress.
- Report and refer any adverse events or complications to the hospital or primary emergency facility