(Dermo - skin, Neuro - nerve, Modulation - change)
DermoNeuroModulation is a simple approach to pain involving specific, gentle holding techniques and positioning, giving the body and brain time to process the outside input in a new way, bypassing nociceptors (danger messengers) and engaging C fibers and Ruffini endings to "reset" the nerve endings and create new neurotags in the brain.
In the words of Dianne Jacobs, the originator of DNM:
"DermoNeuroModulation is a structured, interactive approach to manual therapy that considers the nervous system of the patient from skin cell to sense of self. Techniques are slow, light, kind, intelligent, responsive and effective. Positioning of limbs and trunk affects deeper nerve trunks and is combined with skin stretch directed towards cutaneous fields of nerves that branch outward into skin."