The Essence of NOI
Our vision is to seed ‘healthy notions of self through neuroscience knowledge’ worldwide. There are currently five critical conceptual change issues which underpin this:
- Injury or disease does not mean that you feel pain.
- The nervous system moves and stretches as we move.
- Pain, stress and performance are outputs of the brain.
- Knowledge and movement are the greatest pain and stress liberators.
- Nervous system plasticity gives new hope and technique.
The biopsychosocial approach, or the merging of the biology of human pain, stress and performance with the psychological and social environment, is the basis of the NOI educational philosophy. It is essentially ‘scientific holism’. Derived mostly from British science, the approach is best typified by Wall and Melzack’s (2005) ‘Textbook of Pain’.
NOI also espouses strong clinical reasoning strategies, again arising from British critical thinking and later, Australian manual therapy.
Assessment and management of the physical aspects of the nervous system and brain sciences with a focus on neuroplasticity – particularly how the brain represents our body – is an important focus.
Overall, the nervous system is a remarkable, mobile, complex, plastic and changeable organ, and this impacts on both acute and chronic injuries and disease. The NOI education system covers acute and chronic musculoskeletal, central and peripheral, and neuropathic pain states.
NOI’s Course Offerings
So… what is NOI?
Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI) Australasia has been in operation for 20 years, with highly qualified instructors working on all continents with multidisciplinary audiences. Organising over 100 seminars a year throughout the world, NOI’s faculty members are active in many conferences, university programmes and other postgraduate education sessions. The company reinvests in education and clinically based research and Noigroup Publications has grown from the demand for resources to support this emerging research.
In a world experiencing an epidemic of chronic pain and increasing evidence of the failure of synthetic drugs; simple but extremely powerful educational tools can effectively target the natural pain treatment systems within us all.
Knowledge is power. In the new series of Explain Pain courses delivered by Dr David Butler and the NOI teams around the world, cutting edge pain sciences are made accessible and understandable for all. The sciences are turned into metaphor and descriptive narratives, all on a framework of conceptual change science and the philosophy of emergence. Explaining pain is a two way process – the pain patterns, metaphors and stories from the patient’s viewpoint need reasoned analysis and are critical to meeting sufferers at their story.
We know more about pain in the last ten years than in the thousand years before and it’s all increasingly providing answers to “why do I hurt the way I do” and “what can I do about it”. The knowledge is applicable to the young and the old, from back pain to hemiplegia, general aching to the complexities of phantom pain and complex regional pain syndrome.
For the first time, effective treatment for difficult neuropathic pain states (eg CRPS) is now available. The Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) course provides the most up to date basic sciences, clinical trials, and clinical use of the programme. The course is series of lectures, practical sessions and clinical applications.
The term ‘graded motor imagery’ broadly means that in rehabilitation the focus is placed on synaptic exercise and health and is delivered in a graded fashion. The exercising of synapses assumes that the brain is changeable and easily adaptable and gives hope to people with difficult pain states. It involves the use of computers, flashcards, imagined movements and mirror visual feedback.
Evidence for the use of GMI comes from basic sciences (neuroscience) and clinical trials. It can offer substantial improvements in pain and disability in complex regional pain syndrome and phantom limb pain and anecdotally, the GMI programme, or parts of it may offer improvements in a range of chronic pain states such as brachial plexus lesions and osteoarthritis.
Mobilise – to prepare, to awaken and to move.
NOI’s classic, longest running course, Mobilisation of the Nervous System, has evolved. Based on the latest evidence, the course has been completely updated and re-written ‘from the basic science up’. The research is compelling – the immune system via its interaction with the nervous system is a critical player in learning, memory, movement and sensitivity. This new understanding integrates peripheral and central processes and targets therapy towards healthy neuroimmune balance.
This comprehensive lecture and hands-on course integrates the latest research on neurodynamics and neuroimmune science to provide a clinical reasoning framework to identify those patients who will benefit from neuroimmune mobilisation. The course then updates and refines the essential practical skills to examine and manage the physical health of the nervous system – skilled, safe and appropriately timed handling techniques are covered in detail during labs and practical sessions.
Why Choose Us
- Did you know you can now order NOI products and resources directly from NOI USA? This will save you in shipping fees and time.
- You and your organization may host a NOI course in either an open or inhouse format.
- Keep your ear to the ground for new ideas and developments in manual therapy, pain management, modern neurobiology and clinical reasoning science. NOI members receive 6 issues of NOI notes per year and a local seasonal update email twice a year.
- Contact the NOI US Office Today for More Information
857 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 2, Penn Valley, PA 19072
T: (610) 664-4465
F: (866) 925-8568
What Clients Say
The NOIUS office offers first class support as I am new to NOI. Agnes went above and beyond and was more than patient in answering my questions and getting me registered. Her responses were quick and she has a genuine care for clinicians to register and learn more about pain science to help their patients. Highly recommended!
I attended Explain Pain and would highly like to recommend it to everyone interested in building their knowledge base and “toolbox” of pain science. The concepts presented are revolutionary and life changing in patient care. NOI is fantastic to deal with and make it very easy to register for courses and order product. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Let me say something . . . NOI is amazing and offer amazing/awesome support. They helped me on weekend. This is what I call an “extra mile” in customer relationship. 5 stars for NOI and 10 stars for NOI support!