Neuromuscular Therapy analyzes the dysfunctional area of the body which puts the focus on the problem area.
I work the entire muscle group, the origin, insertion and then the belly of the muscle. In the right hands Neuromuscular Massage is very effective
The goal of neuromuscular therapy is to reduce pain, discomfort and stress in the body by using precise manual techniques that maintain relaxed and lengthened muscles.
Are you experiencing chronic pain from an accident or bad body mechanics.
You might need a licensed Neuromuscular therapist. I’m currently taking appointment for in home massage therapy.
I provide a portable table, a great music selection. I’m trained in the St John method of Neuromuscular Therapy.
What Is Neuromuscular Therapy
Neuromuscular Therapy is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation techniques that balance the central nervous system (brain, spinal column and nerves) with the structure and form of the musculature system. NMT is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system maintains homeostatic balance. These same laws dictate how the central nervous system initiates pain response.
There are five principles to Neuromuscular Therapy:1. Postural Distortion2. Bio-mechanical Dysfunctions3. Trigger Points4. Nerve Compression/Entrapment5. Ischemia
Ischemia is a lack of blood supply to the soft tissues, which causes them to be very sensitive touch.
Trigger Points occur when nerves fire impulses at a rapid speed into an area of the body other than that which has been traumatized. Because of trigger points, the cause of serious pain may often be far from the actual site of the pain. This, in turn, inhibits proper blood flow, which causes ischemia an often leads to more pain and discomfort.
Nerve Compression and Entrapment is pressure on a nerve by bone, cartilage or soft tissue. The role of the soft tissues in nerve compression is vital. Failure to treat the associated soft tissue often treats the symptom without eliminating the cause of the pain. Nerve entrapment is the most common type of pain and always causes ischemia. Ignored, it can produce associated trigger points.
Postural Distortion or muscular contraction occurs when there is an imbalance of the musculature system resulting from movement of the body off the coronal, midsagital or horizontal planes. When the body tries to compensate in an effort maintain structural balance, muscle contraction, body distortion, and pain result. For example, lower limb-length inequality can cause a tilted pelvis, which usually results in a compensatory scoliosis that is maintained by sustained muscular effort.
Bio-mechanical Dysfunction is an imbalance of the musculature system resulting in faulty movement patterns. Repetitive strain of certain soft tissue result in adapted movement patterns that become muscular “habits” and must be reeducated.
The American Academy of Pain Management recognizes this form of massage therapy as an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury
Massage Therapy Can Reduce Muscle Pain
Muscles that are in spasm will be painful to the touch. The pain is caused by ischemic muscle tissue. Ischemia means the muscle is lacking proper blood flow, usually due to the muscle spasm. This in turn creates the following undesirable process:
- Because the muscle is not receiving enough blood, the muscle is also not receiving enough oxygen
- The lack of oxygen causes the muscle to produce lactic acid
- The lactic acid makes the muscle feel sore following physical activity.
In discussing back muscle spasms, it’s important to remember that sometimes spasms of the muscle in the back is just the spasm of the muscle. And when I say that, what I mean is muscles have their own intrinsic protective mechanisms. A muscle has a mechanism by which it senses the extent to which it is extended (or stretched out) or the speed at which it’s stretched out. So, if either one exceeds a particular threshold, the muscle reacts by contracting and protecting itself. Essentially it is protecting itself from tearing or being damaged otherwise.
Those muscle spasms tend to recover within a week to two weeks with appropriate interventions and appropriate rest. What’s important to remember is that the muscle spasm that doesn’t recover or tends to recur with usual methods can be a sign of another underlying problem, and it’s important to remember that a variety of different things can cause that muscle spasm to recur. For instance, pain stemming from the facet joints, those hinge joints in the lumbar spine, or the disc—either herniated disc or ruptured disc or essentially pain coming from that disc—will cause an instinctive contraction of those muscles, and essentially the muscle spasm. Now those muscle spasms will tend to come back. And some of us will experience that in our lifetime at times. You sit in the warm bath, and the muscles relax, only to return as soon as we get out and start moving around. So, those are the muscle spasms that need to be looked at deeper and evaluated for what is actually causing those muscle spasms, what’s driving that muscle spasm.
In treating back muscle spasms, it is very important to diagnose the underlying problem. The treatment should be directed at the underlying problem. Unless the underlying problem is evaluated, discovered, and treated, the muscle back spasms will tend to recur.