What is Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)?
NMT is a system of massage therapy that has been developed as a specialized way to perform manual therapy. This technique is generally used for injury rehabilitation work, and is usually applied by a therapist working on a focused area by utilizing static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. NMT practitioners are educated in the physiology of the body and its effect on muscular and skeletal systems. They also will have an understanding of how the neuromuscular system functions, and the various causes of pain, which are usually divided into these categories:
- Ischemia: Which is the lack of blood supply to soft tissue.
- Trigger Points: Which are irritated points in muscles that refer pain to other parts of the body.
- Nerve compression or Entrapment: Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage, or bone, which can be caused by hypertonic muscles.
- Postural Distortion: Imbalance of the muscular system resulting from improper movement of the body due to faulty patterns.
The neuromuscular therapist achieves their goals by the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. As mentioned earlier, this involves manipulation of the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system.
What does NMT do?
NMT improves health by focusing on the body’s innate ability to recover. Stimulation from NMT helps hasten the natural healing process, it also has many physiological actions,
- Increased blood, oxygen and nutrient flow.
- Helps remove lactic acid and other toxins.
- Reduces spasms.
- Pain relief.
- Reduce stress.
- Increase range of motion.
- Releases hypertonic muscles.
- Balances the Central Nervous System.
Who can benefit from NMT?
Anyone that suffers from chronic pain can be helped by neuromuscular massage. Whether you have chronic pain due to an occupational injury, a sports injury, or an automobile injury or the pain related to the aging process and lack of exercise. Others that respond well to neuromuscular therapy are those that suffer from:
- Lower back pain.
- Sciatica pain.
- Postural dysfunction.
- Rotator cuff dysfunction.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Thoracic outlet syndrome. .
- Migraine headaches.
**All above information is referenced from materials compiled by Advanced Massage of Sarasota, Inc.
The following are some of the used references as well as some web sites for more information:http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/neuromuscular-therapy-what-is-it-and-what-does-it-do-157577.html http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/massage-therapy/neuromuscular-massage-therapy
Dr. Janet Travell, Dr. David Simon, Williams and Wilkins Publishing Company.