NeuroMuscular Therapy (NMT) - a thorough program of recovery from acute and chronic pain syndromes which utilizes specific massage therapy, flexibility stretching, and home care to eliminate the causes of most neuromuscular pain patterns. This specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief will help to bring about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement) and it releases endorphins, the body's own natural pain killers. It can be part of a comprehensive program, complementing all other health care modalities.
NeuroMuscular Therapy examines six physiological factors which may create or intensify pain patterns.
- Ischemia- A localized and temporary lack of blood flow to the tissue
- Trigger Points- A tender localized area usually found within muscles bellies or their attachments that can refer sensation ( pain, tingling, itching, etc.) to other areas of the body.
- Nerve Entrapment/Compression- Pressure on a nervous tissue may result in muscle contraction issues.
- Postural Distortions- Poor posture for whatever reason con contribute to pain syndromes and need to be addressed.
- Nutrition- Factors of nutrition play an important roll in myofascial health as well as hormonal, mental and emotional health.
- Emotional Wellbeing- The degree and type of emotional and stress loads carried by an individual can influence the various systems of the body.
NeuroMuscular Techniques - Many of the techniques used in NeuroMuscular Therapy are similar to other forms of massage. Gliding, compression, compression with manipulation, and friction. The key difference is the specific application of these techniques, along with clear communication between therapist and client, to achieve the desired goal of pain relief.
For more information, please see the NeuroMuscular Therapy Training - NMT Center web-site.