Why Highland Neuromuscular Movement Services was established
Coming from a nursing background, I was always amazed at how it was almost a given that a nurse would suffer some sort of musculoskeletal injury during/after their career. Nurses received training - so why was this happening? As it was impossible to take the mind-set that all nurses must be ignoring the advice they were receiving during the training, it could only point to the fact that there must be something within the training that required assessing and improvement. What I discovered was that many of the training systems being used were, and still are, based on promoting technique-based solutions with a strong emphasis on purely mechanical movements. I also found that many companies/organisations were not adequately assessing the quality of the training they were using/purchasing, and in some instances the training was even being viewed as a 'tick box' system - i.e. "The employees have received a Course, we don't need to train them again for 1 year".
With an understanding that human movement is far more complex than suggesting that mechanical, technique-based training would prevent musculoskeletal injury, it became apparent to me that there needed to be a huge shift in the common ethos adopted within much of the current training systems.
I came across the Neuromuscular Approach to Human Movement (NMAHM)® and everything started to become clear. Manual handling is nothing more than a human movement (application of force). If we know and understand that there are movements which have a high probability of causing injury, then we can begin to look towards methods for reducing this. Human movements have direct consequences on the physiological, biomechanics, psychological, anatomical and developmental systems within our body - and vice versa. If we learn about these consequences, we can begin to make the changes, which will not only benefit in reducing risk in current/future situations, but also implement therapeutic intervention to pre-existing injury sites.
The NMAHM® had recognised origins, could be validated against existing research/knowledge and was tangible. I found that many of the other movement systems have no recognised origins, or they claim to be able to teach a person to become a trainer in less than one week! Add to this the factor that many companies were focusing their training structure on monetary targets/budgets rather than employee-care/safety, and it was now becoming more apparent to me why musculoskeletal injury was still so prevalent!