Neuromuscular Massage relieves muscle spasms and dysfunction. Typically, painful muscle spasms occur when our muscles lack adequate blood flow, and lactic acid accumulates. For example, a strenuous workout builds lactic acid, which causes soreness in the muscle tissue. Neuromuscular therapy disperses the lactic acid, so the deficient muscle can begin to accept a clean supply of oxygen and blood flow.
How does Neuromuscular Therapy work?
First, I will locate the muscle spasm in the back and then concentrate the hands-on treatment to this area by applying continuous pressure for about 30-seconds with the fingers, knuckles and elbows. The same pressure must be maintained for the entire 30-seconds in order to encourage proper blood flow in the area (Trigger Point Therapy). I may also apply friction to the dysfunctional area and use P-DTR to stop pain signals from continuing.
You may experience some muscle soreness following a neuromuscular therapy treatment. However, the muscle soreness will disappear within a few days and the clients body will feel more relaxed following the treatment.
Benefits of Neuromuscular Therapy
Therapy addresses the following causes of 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 resolution 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 of tennis stroke, computer keyboarding)