So… what is NOI?

Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI) Australasia has been in operation for 20 years, with instructors working on all continents with multidisciplinary audiences. NOI faculties exist in the United Kingdom, German speaking Europe, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Australia, Canada, USA and more recently, Chile and India.

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. Instructors are rigorously trained and many have completed PhDs and/or work in high level clinical placements. The company reinvests in education and around 10% of educational fees go towards clinically based research.

Noigroup Publications has grown from the demand for resources to support this emerging research. Current NOI research directions are in internet education, public health literacy education, graded motor imagery and neurodynamics.

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:

1. Injury or disease does not mean that you feel pain.
2. The nervous system moves and stretches as we move.
3. Pain, stress and performance are outputs of the brain.
4. Knowledge and movement are the greatest pain and stress liberators.
5. 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.

Challenges for NOI
Chronic pain and stress are experienced by approximately 20% of the population. The cost is huge and dollar/pound/euro figures do not cover the impact on families and loss of creativity and productivity and its social impact.

Despite overwhelming evidence for biopsychosocialism, biomedicalism (i.e. pathoanatomical searches for a singular cause for chronic problems) persists. The public still seeks a passive answer for many problems and active answers are not often provided. In the health domain, therapeutic education is underestimated. Chronic pain and stress are at epidemic levels, yet in the past epidemics have only been altered by education. Many problems such as chronic pain and stress are still ‘off the radar’ in terms of health professional, business and government understanding.

NOI is actively engaged in these challenges on a daily basis.

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