What is Neuromuscular Therapy
 
NMT is a specific and detailed approach to identify and address the causes of soft tissue (muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments) pain and dysfunction.

NMT helps achieve a balance between the nervous and musculoskeletal systems by targeting the possible cause and/or perpetuating factors leading to and keeping the body in its state of imbalance - this imbalance presented in the form of your pain or dysfunction.

NMT 
utilizes advanced massage techniques to restore postural alignment; release muscle spasms; release possible nerve entrapment by soft tissue structures; eliminate myofascial trigger points causing referred pain symptoms; increase limited flexibility and joint range of motion and promote good biomechanics.

Poor posture and faulty biomechanics are 
common place in today's society due to adaptations and conditioning to our environment, lifestyle and the type of job we have and can often be a major factor contributing to your soft tissue pain or dysfunction. Techniques used will include a Postural Analysis; Trigger Point Therapy; Myofascial release (MFR); Cranial Decompression; (when appropriate, Heat and Ice Therapy); Muscle Energy Techniques and stretching.

NMT appreciates the body as a whole - all techniques and theories used, help address biomechanical, biochemical and psychosomatic issues that are associated with your soft tissue complaint.

NMT can be applied to persons of all ages and conditions.

It’s important to distinguish between NMT and deep tissue massage. Deep tissue massage releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. It’s also called “deep tissue” because it focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Put broadly, NMT is a series of treatment protocols based on the practitioner’s skill, anatomy knowledge and precise palpatory application. NMT differs from regular, relaxation massage because it not only deals with the muscles, ligaments, and soft tissues of the body, but also with the nervous system. (Hence the term “neuromuscular,” which literally means “of, relating to or affecting both nerves and muscles.”)

What is the difference between NMT (Neuromuscular Therapy)/ TrP (Trigger Point) vs Swedish Massage?

Generally, a massage session involves working the entire body with some communications throughout the session.In a NMT/TrP session, the massage practitioner works in a focused manner in a specific area, trying to reduce muscular tension and break-up adhesions and scar tissue on a deeper level.  The massage practitioner and client must work together (communicate constantly throughout the session) to release tightness, spasms, and referred pain patterns from these muscles.  Sometimes a NMT/TrP session can be nauseating or cause dizziness depending on how much toxins are released in the chronically, contracted body tissue, how hydrated the person is, & the health condition of the client.

Why is Neuromuscular Therapy important to me?
Neuromuscular Therapy treats the 5 following elements to help heal soft tissue and relieve pain:

Ischemia
Trigger Points
Nerve Compression or Entrapment
Postural Distortion
Biomechanical Dysfunction

Ischemia is when there is poor blood supply to an area of soft tissue.  This can lead to hypersensitivity to touch.

Trigger Points are highly irritated points in muscles that can ‘transfer’ (refer) pain to other parts of the body.  For example, it's not uncommon for a trigger point in the neck to cause pain through the person’s arms, chest and back.  De-activating trigger points can be a challenge, but once completed should relieve the pain caused by the overly tight muscles.

Nerve Compression or Entrapment is when soft tissue or bone applies pressure to a nerve.  This can often lead to intense shooting pain along that nerve.

Postural Distortion is an imbalance of the muscular system resulting from movement of the body off the longitudinal and horizontal planes.

Biomechanical Dysfunction is the Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns, for example, poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing or tennis stroke or even computer keyboarding.

The principle of NMT is not only to reduce and eliminate pain, but to restore function and to educate clients about what they can do at home to help keep their progress moving forward. To involve clients in their own healing is a foundational element in NMT, and has proven to help keep clients active in their progress as well as more informed about their body in general. NMT has a long and bright future ahead of us, helping to educate people and affect change for the better, joining forces with anatomy and physiology to create a more holistic, informative approach to living a healthy life.