Lawrence Woods (1952- ) devised and developed his NRT process of therapy over the span several decades starting in the late 1980s, basing a good portion of his discoveries on Sherrington’s 2nd Law, the Law of Reciprocal Inhibition and the other portion on Phluger’s Law of Symmetry.
The role of mechanoreceptors, the specialized nerve bundles in muscles that respond to pressure, velocity, vibration, stretch, and other forces was another important source of insight when studying the muscular and nervous system relationship necessary for NRT’s development.
Dr. Charles Sherrington was an English scientist who spent time in America and lectured at Yale University in 1904 and won the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1932. In 1906, in his book entitled The Integrative Action of the Nervous System, he first mentioned the Law of Reciprocal Inhibition. This law basically states that when one muscle is contracted, the opposite muscle is inhibited/relaxed.
It doesn’t, necessarily, last long in its effects but Woods’ research and discoveries changed all that with a series of Six Insights he had regarding how the muscular and nervous systems functioned together via the mechanoreceptors. He was now able to apply NRT successfully each and every time!
Dr. Eduard Phluger (1829-1910) was a German doctor who proposed The Law of Symmetry as a result of his research on electrical stimulation and its correlation to muscular contraction. This law created the basis of the other portion of Woods’ discoveries and gave him his last, and very important, Sixth Insight called the Twin Reset. Pfluger’s Law of Symmetry states that at sufficiently intense levels of stimulation, motor reactions can be observed in similar muscles bilaterally.
Basically, what this means is, if you stimulate a muscle on one side of the body enough (ie.the right biceps), the opposite side’s twin muscle (ie.the left biceps) can be stimulated as well. This last Insight allowed NRT to be able to help when the painful or problem side of the body could not be touched.