Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a precise method used for assessing, treating and preventing soft tissue injuries and chronic pain, incorporating very specific techniques into a wellness massage encouraging the release of physical pain, trauma and stiffness. Old injuries or chronic physical conditions and stress are coaxed into letting go of holding patterns affecting the whole body and muscle/nerve interactions. NMT is excellent in cases of soft tissue dysfunction that can cause Headache, Migraine, Scoliosis, TMJ, Whiplash, Herniated Disk, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Foot Pain, Osteoarthritis, Plantar Facitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Shin Splints, Tendonitis, Spasms, Cramps, Strains, Postural Distortions, Fibromyalgia, Patellar tracking, Rotator cuff injuries, Tennis elbow & Golfers elbow, iliotibial band syndrome, low back problems and many other pain issues.
The theory behind neuromuscular massage is that when a muscle spasms – due to one of any number of stimuli – it is not caused by a spasm in the entire muscle, but by a spasm in a very centralized area of the muscle, which may then reverberate to other areas of the muscle, causing pain.This small area is called a trigger point because it is the area that “triggers” pain in another area of the muscle, sometimes called referring or transferring. When a muscle (or trigger point) spasms in the body, blood flow to that area is severely decreased, sometimes ceasing altogether. When the blood flow is diminished, oxygen necessary for the muscle to work properly is also decreased, causing a buildup of toxins. This causes a sensation similar to the one felt after a long workout – muscle soreness. The problem is that this can turn into a vicious cycle of soreness and pain because the buildup of toxins combined with the body’s desire to compensate for the pain will inevitably lead to less blood flow, less oxygen, and the continued production of more toxins. This is why muscle soreness and pain can continue for years unabated. A good massage can help reverse the cycle and get you back on the path to health.