About Neuromuscular Therapy
What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a very specialized form of manual massage therapy. By definition, Neuromuscular Therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. Neuromuscular Therapy massage works to stabilize low levels of neurological activity to maintain normal function and overall health.
How does Neuromuscular Therapy Work?
Neuromuscular Therapy will be used to address five elements that may be causing you pain:
Ischemia: Lack of blood supply to soft tissues which causes hypersensitivity to touch
Trigger Points: Highly irritated points in muscles which refer pain to other parts of the body
Nerve Compression or Entrapment: Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage or bone
Postural Distortion: Imbalance of the muscular system resulting from the movement of the body off the longitudinal and horizontal planes
Bio-mechanical Dysfunction: Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns (e.g. poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing of tennis stroke, computer keyboarding)