Also called trigger point myotherapy, this technique consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on areas of muscle spasm.
The therapist applies pressure with fingers, knuckles, or elbows, with pressure remaining constant for ten to thirty seconds. This form of massage therapy is generally the most effective type for low back pain, and is recognized by the American Academy of Pain Management as an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury (such as muscle strain).
Neuromuscular Therapy examines six physiological factors that may create or intensify pain patterns.
These six factors are:
- Trigger Points
- Nerve Entrapment/Compression
- Postural Distortions
- Emotional Well-being
Neuromuscular Therapy will be used to address five elements that cause pain:
- Ischemia: Lack of blood supply to soft tissues which causes hypersensitivity to touch
- Trigger Points: Highly irritated points in muscles which refer pain to other parts of the body
- Nerve Compression or Entrapment: Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage or bone
- Postural Distortion: Imbalance of the muscular system resulting from the movement of the body off the longitudinal and horizontal planes
- Biomechanical Dysfunction: Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns (i.e., poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing, tennis stroke, or computer keyboarding)
Please talk with your massage therapist to see if Neuromuscular Therapy would be beneficial for you.