Neuromuscular Healing

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Neuromuscular Healing



5500 McNeely Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a specialized form of massage therapy.  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 disorders (i.e. sitting at a desk for hours) the nerves begin to speed up their transmission and begin to fire more rapidly. This process breaks down homeostasis and inhibits equilibrium 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. 

If you are experiencing acute or chronic pain, Neuromuscular therapy can often reduce or eliminate your symptoms within a short amount of time. It has been proven effective for many conditions including:

⦁ Back Pain
⦁ Neck Pain
⦁ Sciatica
⦁ Piriformis Syndrome
⦁ Migraines/Headaches
⦁ Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
⦁ Tennis Elbow/Golf Elbow
⦁ Knee pain
⦁ Plantar Fasciitis
⦁ Repetitive Strain Injury

Even if you are not experiencing discomfort, neuromuscular therapy can be beneficial for increasing and maintaining flexibility, injury prevention, stress reduction, increased athletic performance and overall well-being.

Neuromuscular Therapy addresses five elements that cause pain:

1. Ischemia: Lack of blood supply to soft tissues which causes hypersensitivity/pain to touch
2. Trigger Points: Hyper-irritated points in muscles which refer pain to other parts of the body
3. Nerve Compression or Entrapment: Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage or bone
4. Postural Distortion: Imbalance of the muscular system resulting from the movement of the body off the longitudinal and horizontal planes
5. Biomechanical Dysfunction: Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns (i.e., poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing or tennis stroke, computer keyboarding)

Whether you are a disciplined athlete, seasonal workout fanatic,  parent flying about after your children or just busy with life, the stresses and strains of every day living can take its toll on your body.  This often manifest as an aching back or neck, a muscle pull and sometimes, just a non specific irritating pain.  For all these ailments and many more neuromuscular therapy can help ease the burden on your body and get you back on track