Neuromuscular massage therapy provides treatment to reduce and even eliminate muscle or soft tissue pain. This pain results from stress, trauma, overexertion and other misuse of the body and might be recent or due to older injuries that have never properly healed or that were reaggravated. The therapists use specific techniques and protocols to treat the physiological factors that contribute to pain in the body. These generally focus on various trigger points, overall stress reduction, circulation, nutritional factors, gait and posture, tension in the muscles, biomechanical issues and nerve compression. NMT approaches massage from a medical standpoint. However, NMT is not a replacement for medical treatment from a physician.
A Brief History of Neuromuscular Therapy Massage
Hippocrates, credited as the father of modern medicine in Greece, frequently used massage. The history of NMT dates back 4,000 years as an effective treatment for healing. Modern roots of the practice date to the White House doctor for President John F. Kennedy, who pioneered some applications of NMT still used today. NMT considers the integration of the nervous and muscular systems and the overall effect of the two on the health and strength of the body.
How Neuromuscular Therapy Massage Works
If a muscle is damaged due to excessive use or injury, the body releases toxins into the surrounding soft tissues. This results in decreased circulation, soreness and swelling. The nerve endings might respond in painful spasms. Scar tissue can eventually form, which causes more pain and a loss of muscle flexibility and strength.
What Neuromuscular Massage Therapists Do
NMTs undergo specific training in order to identify the points of injury or the source of pain. They manipulate and apply pressure to the trigger points to relieve the pressure in order to bring balance and pain relief to the area. Like a snag in material, these trigger points are muscle contractions that cause general weakness, tiredness and pain. Massage loosens the trigger points or scar tissue, bringing greater flexibility and lessening the risk of additional injury. The increased blood flow brings oxygen and healing to the injured area, restoring movement and strength, which provides an overall sense of enhanced well-being.
Conditions that NMT Relieves
NMT relieves a number of conditions, including the following:
- Poor posture
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Joint stiffness, including limited range motion
- Trauma from an accident or other cause
- Sports injuries
- Numbness or tingling of the hands, arms, feet and legs
- Pain in the face or jaw
- General back pain, cramps or spasms
- Shoulder pain and injuries
- Lower back pain, hip pain or sciatica and
- Whiplash and the related stiffness and neck pain.
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