What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a treatment that 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 brings about balance between the musculo-skeletal system and the nervous system.
How does Neuromuscular Therapy work?
NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement) as it releases endorphins which are the body's own natural pain killers. By using Sports Massage and a number of techniques including Soft Tissue Release, Muscle Energy Techniques, Positional Release on soft tissue injuries, this therapy can speed recovery, reduce scar tissue and help return an injured area to its full functionality. It may also be used post-operative in order to return areas of the body that become restricted due to surgery or after a period of time in plaster, to their full range of motion.
What conditions can Neuromuscular Therapy treat?
The conditions that can be successfully treated by NMT include: Back Pain, Neck Pain , Shoulder Pain, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Foot Pain, Scoliosis, Whiplash, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, Shin Splints, Tendonitis, Spasms, Cramps, Strains, and Postural Distortion.
Principles of Neuromuscular Therapy
- Adhesions - Body structures can become glued together.
- Facilitation - What the nervous system has done many times before tends to happen more easily.
- Hypertonicity - Excess tension in muscles.
- Ischemia - Restriction of blood flow.
- Joint Fixation - Tight joints create tension in muscles.
- Nerve Compression - Bones or cartilage can press on nerves.
- Nerve Entrapment - Tight muscles can entrap nerves.
- Pain Threshold - Muscle tension causes pain when it crosses the pan threshold.
- Postural Distortion - Misalignment in gravity leads to muscle tension.
- Referred Pain - Pain can occur at a distance from where the problem is.
- Trigger Points - Points of high electrical activity send pain to other areas.