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  • Writer's pictureMicaela Zettel, PT, MScPT, MCISc AHCP SEM, BScHK(hons),

Neurofunctional Medicine Approach at Instil Physio

Updated: Oct 16, 2021

​At Instil Physio, we are trained in a neurofunctional medicine approach* and are referred to as Neurofunctional Practitioners. A Neurofunctional Practitioner can be a massage therapist, physiotherapist or a chiropractor. At Instil Physio, your neurofunctional practitioner is a physiotherapist.

A Neurofunctional Practitioner has a comprehensive understanding of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems and the complex and multidimensional nature of pain and movement problems. They understand the influence of the metabolic system and mind/body connection on pain, movement and performance.

They are skilled in conducting a functional assessment of these systems and implementing treatment techniques to effectively create changes in pain, movement and performance.

Techniques used may include:

  • movement and exercises

  • mobilizations of soft tissues, nerves and joints

  • soft tissue techniques such as massage, micro-conditioning**, cupping

  • electro-acupuncture 

Your practitioner will also be able to teach you about the nature of your injury/pain problem, which systems are involved and where intervention is needed for you to recover and improve your health.

At Instil Physio, your neurofunctional practitioner has completed the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program, the Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner Certification at McMaster University and is an instructor in both programs.

A Instil Physio, we offer physiotherapy with a neurofunctional approach.

For more information check out our YouTube Channel.

*Neurofunctional Approach is a methodology taught by Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco at the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program and the Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner and Specialist Programs

**micro-conditioning is a soft tissue technique created by Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco and is taught in his course "Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner and Specialist Programs" at McMaster University. 

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