Neuromuscular Therapy is a very specialized form of massage therapy. A therapist trained in NMT (Neuromuscular Therapy) is educated in the physiology of the nervous system and its effect on the muscular and skeletal systems. By definition, Neuromuscular Therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial or trigger points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin and fascia) to balance the muscular system with the nervous system. In healthy individuals, nerves slowly transmit impulses which are responsible for every movement, function and thought within the body. This is known as homeostasis. When our bodies are subject to trauma, such as an accident, injury, prolonged stress or postural distorders (i.e. sitting at a computer for hours) the nerves begin to speed up their transmission and begin to fire more rapidly. This process breaks down homeostasis and inhibits equilbrium in the body making it vulnerable to pain, dysfunction and further injury. Neuromuscular therapy is highly beneficial in re-stabilizing the neurological activity between the muscular and nervous system, which is necessary to maintain normal function and overall health of our body.
Neuromuscular Therapy will be used to address five elements that cause pain:
- Ischemia: Lack of blood supply to soft tissues which causes hypersensitivity to touch
- Trigger Points: Hyper-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
- Biomechanical Dysfunction: Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns (i.e., poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing of tennis stroke, computer keyboarding)