Neuromuscular Massage Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. The massage therapy pressure is usually applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow.

Neuromuscular therapy massage is very detailed massage of muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, etc. Precise massage therapy releases problem areas that are missed by general massage.

How does neuromuscular massage therapy work?

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a massage modality that focuses on the treatment of trigger points. They are called trigger points because they refer pain to another part of the body.

Trigger points are painful points located within taut bands of muscle, hyper-tonicity, and are treated primarily with the application of sustained, usually static pressure. Sometimes this is referred to as ischemic pressure and can vary from very light to heavy depending on the stage of development of the trigger point. Through the softening of trigger points, NMT aims to reduce chronic pain, increase range of motion, and correct postural distortions. In addition, NMT stimulates endorphin production, improving immune function and restoring a healthy balance between the body’s major systems.

What is neuromuscular massage therapy used for?

Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a form of massage therapy that may be prescribed by physicians or sought out clients desiring a highly therapeutic massage. NMT is especially suited for individuals with:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Musculoskeletal pain from accidents, fibromyalgia, or systemic disease
  • Arthritis and myofascial pain
  • Low back pain
  • Endocrine and neurological disorders
  • Neuropathy
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Migraine headaches
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

NMT offers diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic benefits. NMT can be performed by certified massage therapists, osteopaths, naturopaths, chiropractors, integrationist physicians and physical therapists. NMT may be performed as a restorative or preventive therapy or as a complementary rehabilitative therapy. Patients with prescriptions for neuromuscular massage therapy need to check with their medical providers to see if their NMT procedures can be covered or reimbursed.

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