Our unique treatment techniques
Bostock Needle Technique
In 2004, Jim started working with trigger points and the effective method of ‘dry needling’ to release them. He became so fascinated in this method, he went deeper into its physiology and anatomy. In his studies Jim discovered how correctly treating the ‘BAD’ trigger points (Jim defined them as ‘Nervelocks’), is crucial in fixing true musculoskeletal pains. In the years to come and over 10,000 patient studies, Jim developed the ‘Bostock Needle Technique’ (BNT). Described as his ‘reset’ method rebooting your neuromuscular system back to a normal state.
What are trigger points?
Trigger points are small nodules or bands in the muscle that elicit a twitch pain response on stimulation generally found around a painful or irritable point in the muscle or fascia (the skin covering the muscle).
Pressing on trigger points reproduces ‘referred pain’ in the harbouring muscles. The pain can range from a low-grade constant dull ache to severe incapacitating pain, mimicking muscles tears and can not be explained by findings on any neurological examination.
How do trigger points occur?
Trigger point development is another way our brain attempts to ‘guard or protect’ us from further muscle damage. What better way to achieve this by producing pain, tightness, fatigue, weakness sensations & feeling and an increased production of lactic acid to slow the muscles down. Trigger Points develop due to the nervous system being over stressed or traumatised. Trauma can be physical, emotional, surgical, bacterial, chemical, viral and repetitive strain movements.
Example; a marathon runner can push their neuro-muscular system to its threshold and beyond, which can ‘activate’ trigger points, likewise crossfitters training 6 times per week are putting their bodies in a similar situation.
Are trigger points common?
Trigger points can be either ‘Active’ or ‘Silent’. Active triggers are BAD ones. They unmanageable and definitely require needling to reset them. Silent triggers are manageable with massage, stretching, trigger ball therapy and foam rolling. Currently numerous high quality studies are constantly being done to find out more about this terrible muscle phenomena. Jim calls the Active trigger points – NerveLocks to help distinguish it from the trigger points that people can manage on their own with massage and mobilisation work.
Trigger point pain is the most common musculoskeletal pain that is often misdiagnosed or unrecognised in our medical practice today. Therefore, trigger points are often mistreated. Unfortunately, many general practitioners and orthopaedic surgeons do not know about trigger points as they do not show up on X-Rays, MRI or CT scans.
How does the BNT technique work?
A trigger point is a small contracted knot in a muscle. This knot feels like a little rice seed deep within the muscle tissue. It can create a hard contraction in the muscle fibres surrounding it, causing a tight band that can be felt in the muscle. These rice seeds can also sit in the fascia (the skin wrapping the muscle fibres) hence can be also called Myo-Fascial Trigger Points.
The BAD Trigger points or ‘NerveLocks’ as Jim defines them, can be so debilitating and unrelenting that it can change the decisions you make in your life – sport, career, family, relationships and unfortunately drug abuse. The BNT technique is Jim’s own unique method for eliminating the NerveLocks effectively. This treatment serves as a ‘reset’ or ‘control alt delete’ to the muscle pain, weakness and tightness..
Neural Positional Release
When the body and brain is traumitized, from pain, injury and emotional stress, the tissue that covers every muscle, bone, nerves, blood vessels, lymphatics and organs of your body called ‘fascia’, goes into a ‘protected’ state. Our nervous system does this by locking down nasty ‘reflexes’ in the central, peripheral & autonomic nervous system (automated organ and hormonal function). The result is – muscles, joints, ligaments, nerve tissue, blood vessels, organs, lymphatic drainage going into dysfunction. For example, did you know a vascular restriction in the pelvis or lower back can cause Sciatic pains in the lower limb? When these reflexes are set in, they can stay forever! Muscles performance weakens, injuries can reoccur faster, annoying pains can last longer and recovery from any injury or illness becomes poorer. Neural Positional Release (NPR) is an innovative & powerful technique originating at the Jones Institute (who call it called Strain Counter Strain) which ‘resets’ these nasty reflexes. By placing the body into non-threatening positions, the brain allows the nerve fascia or neuro-fascia to ‘unlock’ producing pain relief & a better tissue environment for healing. This is a necessary step before any nerve-muscle-joint system can be re-strengthen back to function and optimal performance.
How does NPR treat pain?
NPR tells the body guarding tissues to ‘let go’ and resume healing faster than any manual therapy treatment Jim has seen world wide. In conjunction with his BNT Jim gets to the ‘source’ of your pain.
When we are in pain or any muscular or autonomic dysfunction, these ‘reflex’ or ‘tender’ points are holding strong in the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous system affecting that particular area of the body. For example, it is not uncommon to see painful & swollen limbs trapped in this position for months to years because the blood flow through the area is restricted and protected. If we try to directly release the tissues around this tender point aggressively through abusive massage, cracking, manipulating or injecting foreign substances, the brain can sense it as a threat.
This can cause the muscle fascia systems to re-tighten, blood flow and lymphatic drainage to be restricted further & pain receptors around the area to become heightened (increased nociception). NPR tells the specific nervous system controlling the culprit tender points to switch off and stop the guarding allowing the body to heal.
What does NPR treat?
NPR treats problems like persistent pain, organ, vascular/lymphatic and hormonal dysfunctions & poor muscle performance. Our nervous system can set in ‘protective’ reflexes when it once sensed a significant threat or trauma. If these ‘reflexes’ are not switched off or reset, these problems can last indefinitely.
NPR is designed to ‘reset’ these reflexes allowing the body to resume normal function and movement. Therefore it used to treat most problems including; muscles/tendons problems (pain, tendonitis or tendonpathies, re-current injuries, weakness problems, poor balance & performance), autonomic nervous system problems (organ and hormonal dysfunction, frozen shoulder, gut diseases, digestive problems), organ problems (gut diseases, digestive issues/inflammation, esophageal restrictions/inflammation, reflux, irritable bowel syndrome), joint problems (joint degeneration, joint inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis & spinal spondylitis), lymphatic flow problems (poor healing, body/limb swelling problems, post surgical problems), bones (bone bruises, improving fractures healing) & arteries and veins (poor healing rates, swelling problems, numbness + pain in limbs).
NPR treating organ problems?
NPR for your organ system is a wonderful way to help ‘reset’ their natural motion, called ‘physiological motility’. Organs can be the source of many pains and hormonal problems in the body. For example, your liver can give you chronic mid back and neck pains! It requires a high level of skill on the part of the practitioner and involves assessing and treating the organs, their supporting ligaments, fascia, and the autonomic nervous system. Organ dysfunctions commonly result from physical or emotional trauma, gut diseases, infections, allergies, virus, pregnancy, surgical truauma & chemical poisoning.
Jim has incorporated the Organ NPR treatment with his other techniques and works closely with Brisbane’s leading Gastroenterologists and Trauma specialists to help patients with potential organ issues post medical interventions.
What kind of organ problems can be treated?
Did you know that your organs move inside you? Poor organ mobility due to a trauma can cause hormonal problems, thyroid dysfunctions, referred pain such as back pain or neck pain & digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome. In fact, people suffering IBS commonly have a persistent back pain! In such cases NPR can make rapid improvements to the referred pain as well as the organ problem.
Furthermore, NPR can be used to treat; all kinds of gut problems, IBS (diagnosed & undiagnosed), celiac (diagnosed & un diagnosed), abdominal pains that have no underlying issues, bowels not functioning normally, unusual stomach pains after surgery or pregnancy, rib pain, breathing difficulties & troubles with falling pregnant.