For acute and stubborn pain that normal massage therapy does not seem to help, NeuroMuscular Therapy (NMT) may be the answer. NMT is based on research that identifies the fundamental causes of pain. Scientific laws that explain how the central nervous system initiates pain responses in the body provides the foundational support for NMT.
NeuroMuscular Therapy is a whole-body approach to healing. Pain is often a symptom of an underlying problem. Through a series of specific body measurements, structural distortions and biomechanical dysfunctions are identified. This provides a treatment plan that can point to the cause of the pain. For example, a person who comes in for back pain may find that after their treatment their knee pain, neck pain or headaches go away as well.
NeuroMuscular Therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. Pressure is usually applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow. Once applied to a muscle spasm, pressure is held constant for ten to thirty seconds. Muscles that are in spasm will be painful to the touch. The pain is caused by ischemic muscle tissue which means that the muscle is lacking proper blood flow, usually due to the muscle spasm. This in turn creates the following undesirable pattern:
• The muscle is not receiving enough blood; therefore, 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.
After the muscle is relaxed through therapy, the lactic acid will be released from the muscle, and the muscle should start receiving enough blood and oxygen to relax and heal. Pain relief can be instanteous and range of motion improved dramatically.