National Qualification in Neuromuscular Therapy
Graduates of this programme are highly sought after experts in their field. This is recognised by major health insurers who offer cover for their customers
NTC is the founder of Neuromuscular Therapy and has been providing NMT courses in Ireland and abroad since the 1990’s.
Successful completion of this course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to treat acute and chronic pain and injury so that you can offer safe, effective and appropriate treatment for soft tissue dysfunction and muscular pain.
Graduates may work on an individual basis within their own private practice or as part of a multi disciplinary team. Neuromuscular Therapists also work with teams to provide ongoing pre, inter and post event care.
Treatments offered by graduates who are based in the Republic of Ireland, and who are members of the Association of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapists (anmpt.ie), for customers of Laya Healthcare are covered in line with the policies which they offer.
This unique educational programme provides certification in two separate but allied fields of bodywork therapy. Graduates will have multi-disciplinary skills for the treatment of pain and injury. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation that balances the body’s central nervous system with the musculoskeletal / myofascial system.
NMT is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system initiates and maintains pain. The Neuromuscular Therapists’ goal is to relieve the pain and dysfunction by alleviating the underlying cause.
NMT emphasises the role of the brain, spine, nerves, trigger points and fascia in muscular pain. It uses advanced concepts to break the stress-tension-pain cycle. It aims to reduce muscle tonation and release compressed nerves so that circulation can increase and the body will return to normal neuromuscular integrity and balance.
The course is divided into two terms. The first term will introduce you to anatomy and physiology where you will begin your journey and explore the human body as an anatomical structure. You will be introduced to fascia and biotensegrity – what it is and what it does. Term one will also include the foundation practical hands on skills where you will learn massage and a range of sports massage techniques so that you develop your palpation skills throughout the course.
The second term focuses on advanced anatomy and techniques with more emphasis on the myofascial kinetic chains and links whilst developing understanding of how everything in the body is connected. Clinical assessment, special orthopaedic and neurological testing, injury scenarios and differential diagnosis will also be further developed in the second term.
For more detailed content please see the ‘Syllabus‘ section.
The standard cost of this programme is €3,850.00. There are discounts of up to €350.00 when fees are fully paid before the course start date.
Fees can be paid by means of a deposit of €950.00 followed by ten monthly installments of €290.00. If the deposit is paid at least one calendar month prior to the course start date, the monthly installments are reduced to €275.00 per month, a discount of €150.00.
A discount of €350.00 is available to individuals paying fees of €3,500.00 in full (either by means of a deposit plus a balance or a single payment) up to the course start date.
The Neuromuscular Therapy course is open to applicants who have a keen interest in qualifying to treat soft tissue and muscular pain and injury.
You must have an interest in working with people as you will be required to participate in the practical aspects of the course such as giving and receiving massage, sports massage and Neuromuscular Therapy treatments.
NMT students are competent therapists by the end of their studies due to the unique syllabus and education they receive at NTC.
Students are required to complete 100 recorded practise hours including 25 recorded case studies as part of their self directed learning. The case studies are based on 5 clients, with 5 treatments per client. This ensures that students experience real cases and real patients and is part of the rigorous accreditation requirements of the SMA.
As this is a primary programme of education the course is suitable for individuals with or without any prior qualification. The content is delivered to facilitate adult learners of mixed ability.
This Neuromuscular Therapy course includes three separate qualifications:
The National Qualification in Massage Therapy and Event Massage (after successful assessment at the end of the first term)
The National Qualification in Orthopaedic Sports Massage (after final assessment)
The National Qualification in Neuromuscular Therapy (after final assessment)
The National Qualification in Neuromuscular Therapy course covers all relevant areas including:
- Applied Anatomy, Physiology and Myology
- Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century
- Nutritional influences on Trigger Point Formation
- Clinical practice and patient management
- Clinical Assessment skills
- Fascia – what is it and what it does.
- Laws of European Neuromuscular Therapy
- Orthopaedic Sports Massage Techniques
- Event massage
- Postural Assessment and Range of Motion testing
- Etiology, formation and treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points
- Injury Scenarios including differential diagnosis
- Establishing a clinic and self promotion
- Professional, ethical and legal requirements of operating a practice
- Full Body Kinetic Chain assessment and special tests
- Plan, apply and evaluate a sports massage treatment and soft tissue methods
- Plan, apply and evaluate a Neuromuscular Therapy treatment
Study is supported through an online Learning Portal with documents and dozens of demonstration videos, a sample of which you can see here.