At the latest with the course 'piano playing and brain' which I took in 2001 as student of piano and dramaturgy in Munich, my interest in neuroscience was aroused.
Since then I followed every new development on this very topic - until, years later, I accidentally got into contact with a NIS therapist. And as soon as I had gotten some insight into the system, I decided to diversify my life of music and add to it a medicinal component. Thus in 2013 I enrolled in initial courses in NIS studies an the Neurolog-Academy.
In the meanwhile I have acquired two masters in NIS and I am member of "Ärzteverband NeuroIntegrative Medizin e.V. (ÄNIM)".
What would the world look like if the following were guaranteed to every human being: an always successful interaction of the outside and inside, of sensory impressions and their appropriate processing in the central nervous system? It would be wonderful!
However, our everyday life has factors that interfere with this interaction: emotional stress, infections, physical trauma. Let's call it stress. And stress leaves its mark, even in the nervous system.
Around three decades ago the physician and osteopath Dr. Allan K. Phillips from New Zealand arrived at the ground-breaking insight that almost all ailments are associated with dysfunctional neural linkage. With this neuroscientific approach it is now possible to find the original causes for symptoms - dysfunctions that are hidden to x-ray, ultrasound, stethoscope or blood laboratory. Thereby incidents can be discovered that happened years or even decades ago. Because brain areas that have been disconnected in a certain stress situation often remain continously left out of the communication of the central nerval system.
For example: In the case of unexpected accidents (such as rear-end-collisions) the area responsible for hearing (auditive cortex) is 'thrown out', and in situations where there is still a short time to think (such as skiing accidents) that happens to the brain area responsible for the planning of acting procedures (premotoric cortex)
And something else is now possible: to act preventively, that is to say to create the preconditions for optimal organ functions.
Using special contact points on the body surface the therapist traces out nerve tracts, such as between body (organ, joint, tissue) and brain or between different brain areas, and checks, via muscle test? For example, whether these tracts 'stand', meaning whether they are operational.
If they do not stand, the therapist touches these contact points once more and - functioning as a booster, the 'enter key' so to say - briefly irritates (taps) the very brain area that receives sensoric data (in our case, the task with contact points on the body surface, mostly such from the skin).
Thereby he provokes discharges and induces the brain to trigger anew the currently unexpended regulatory circuit and therefore to make it operational again.
Causes for diverged, not jointly communicating structures can be:
a) dysfunction of the nerve tract itself, thus of the transmission of the signal (by inflammation or trauma)
b) dysfunction of converting the signal, thus in the brain itself (also by inflammation or trauma)
Thereby the therapist does not blindly check nerve tracts, but only those that are empirically associated with certain dysfunctions.
That can be dysfunctions of neurologic nature, but also such of immunologic, emotional and physiologic (concerning the metabolism) kind. If one of these areas is irritated, so are all the others.
*kinesiologic muscle test according to G. Goodheart, based on the mechanism that 'stress' (however natured) withdraws energy from the system and interrupts the innervation of all muscles for about one second and therefore hems the development of power
Dysfunctions of the human organism may be divided in four main areas: neurologic, immunologic, emotional and physiologic.
1) Neurologic dysfunctions
dysfunctional connection within the brain hemispheres or between the twelve brain nerves (i.e. olfactory nerve, visual nerve, acoustic nerve, equilibrium nerve) and brain areas.
consequences: disruptions in the processing of sensoric data, specifically: lapse of concentration, difficulty while reading or describing something as well as with fine motor manipulations, joint blockades (also in joints of the spine), tinnitus.
cause: physical trauma like a fall or a sports accident
example: If the twelfth brain nerve (innervates the tongue motorically) and the centre for memory development (hippocampus) cease to communicate with each other, a person has difficulty remembering things while speaking.
2) Immunologic dysfunctions
deficient connection between lymphatic organs (i.e. bone marrow) and brain.
consequences: loss of full immunologic control over inflammations (acute and chronic) caused by viruses, toxins/allergens or autoreactive antibodies.
3) Emotional dysfunctions
dysfunctional connectivity between the brain hemispheres and/or the twelve brain nerves.
consequences: contracted organs, blocked joints, amyosthenia
4) Physiological dysfunctions
dysfunctional connectivity between organs and brain (cerebellum, areas in the diencephalon and the brain stem like hypothalamus or extended medulla) and between organs themselves.
consequences: defective processing of data of chemoreceptors, specifically: defective function of proteines, hormones and neurotransmitters
In some cases, external energies can block the healing process. They are the cause of the symptoms of the person affected.
Before they are not dissolved, I do not like to start treatment.
With NIS a multitude of ailments of structural, functional, neurological, biochemical, hormonal and emotional nature can be treated:
legal reference (see the appendix)
Aus rechtlichen Gründen wird darauf hingewiesen, dass in der Benennung der beispielhaft aufgeführten Anwendungsgebiete selbstverständlich kein Heilversprechen oder die Garantie einer Linderung oder Verbesserung aufgeführter Krankheitszustände liegen kann.
Für den Bereich der Wirbelsäule, z.B. beim chronischen Schmerzsyndrom der Wirbelsäule, geht die Bundesärztekammer in der Regel von einer Wirksamkeit osteopathischer Behandlungen, zu denen auch das Neurologische Integrationssystem NIS nach Allan Phillips D.O. zu zählen ist, aus (Deutsches Ärzteblatt 2009, Seite 2325 ff.).
Im Übrigen gibt es bislang keine Studien, die in wissenschaftlicher Hinsicht die Wirkungsweise der Osteopathischen Medizin und der Neurologischen Integration bei den unten aufgeführten Krankheitsbildern nachweisen.