What is neuromuscular dysfunction?

General information about neuromuscular dysfunction

I refer to the term neuromuscular dysfunction to associate with the impaired performance at the nerve to muscle interface (motor end plate). This may be occurring at the mid-point of the network (next to the spine after the nerve exits the spinal column and a branch interacts with the muscle supporting the spine at that level) or the end point of the network (nerve to the local muscle).

Neuromuscular dysfunction can be initiated by many different types of trauma / insult. Commonly it results from a rapid pulling of the muscle ‘a pulled muscle’, repeated mild pulling of a muscle ‘repetitive motion injury’, or impact into the muscle- with or without a contusion (bruise). It is suspected to either develop or be provoked with a surgical procedure, which is a controlled trauma. Commonly muscle strains will calm within 2-3 days or up to 7 days; however, some strains continue to last indefinitely and present as a portion of muscle that maintains the contraction as if to anticipate the next trauma / insult and functions to protect the body in advance.

Research has demonstrated increased neurotransmitter levels at involved locations; the levels do not increase over time but instead behave similarly to a traffic accident: the level of activity (traffic) matters and increased activity can result in temporary expansion of areas affected, but the condition overall only changes when the specific location is addressed.