What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
Neuromuscular Therapy is a highly specialized type of soft tissue therapy designed to relieve pain and return injured tissues to normal function. It utilizes specific, targeted soft tissue treatment, flexibility stretching and self-care to eliminate the causes of most muscular aches and pains. It can provide long-term pain relief where other approaches have failed. Neuromuscular Therapy balances the nervous system with the muscular and skeletal systems and naturally brings the body back into alignment. It addresses postural and muscular imbalances, nerve entrapment, ischemia (reduced blood flow to an area of the body) and muscular trigger points.
When is this technique utilized?
Typically sessions are focused on specific and surrounding structures that may be suffering from an injury, overuse/overload, chronic or acute pain, etc. This is used when trying to deal with a specific complaint or repetitive issue, and is even nuanced in some sessions of relaxation massage depending on your therapist.
What is a trigger point?
A trigger point is usually a palpable nodule within muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, periosteum (a dense layer of connective tissue surrounding the bones except at the surfaces of joints), and sometimes just beneath the skin. These are typically formed by an injury or a repetitive strain, or can sometimes just form all on their own. Trigger points will typically present a referral pattern combined with a specific sensation to an area that it might not even be located in.
What is referral pain?
Referral pain is caused by trigger points and is a phenomenon in which areas far from the trigger point suffer from sensations of pain, tingling, or numbness. Examples of referral pain include: sciatica like symptoms, carpal tunnel like symptoms, and headaches.
What is Neuromuscular Therapy used to treat?
Neuromuscular therapy is used to treat many different soft tissue problems. The following list is a small example of issues that may be helped by neuromuscular therapy:
Lower back pain, upper back pain, carpal tunnel like symptoms, sciatica like symptoms, hip pain, headaches, plantar fasciitis, calf cramps, tendonitis, knee pain, iliotibial band friction syndrome, jaw pain, tempomandibular joint pain (TMJ disorders).
Who gets Neuromuscular Therapy?
Anyone with muscular pain! Soft tissue pain that feels like ‘knots’ in the muscle are very common, but can be treated by neuromuscular therapy. We all feel muscular pain in some shape or form and now we have something to do about it.