Neuromuscular Therapy

“The treatment themselves do not ‘cure’ the condition, they simply restore the body’s self-healing ability.” -Leon Chaitow

** Neuromuscular Therapy **

A typical Neuromuscular Therapy session lasts about 1 hour to less than 1.5 hours (no more than 85 minutes), focusing on one to two pain areas.  Many times I blend these techniques into Structural Integration sessions. 

What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is also called Trigger Point Therapy (TPT).  Trigger points are very small areas of damage in the muscle tissue that cause aches and pains experienced in the body casing postural distortions, bio-mechanical dysfunctions, and injuries.  The focus of this technique is to find these “trigger points” in the body’s tissues that are overworked, contracted, and hypersensitive. Then, address these “trigger points” with concentrated finger pressure or specialized tools.

Trigger points typically refer pain to other areas of the body.  A trigger point in the neck may cause temporary headaches, eye pain, or pain down the arm while a trigger point located in a specific areas in the hip girdle may cause temporary low back pain or pain down the leg.  Once these trigger points are released, proper posture and more flexible body movements are achieved.

NMT/TPT is very effective for breaking the chronic pain cycle.  This therapy helps clients to restore postural alignment by invigorating normal physiological functioning (i.e. efficient blood flow, effective nerve responses) in muscles and nerves of the musculoskeletal system.

Who would benefit from NMT/TPT?
If you have a history of injuries and these injuries are affecting your daily life…
If you are suffering from chronic pain for long periods of time…
Of you require rehabilitation therapy from an injury(s)…
If you are wary of going to the doctors for more medications and “prep” for future surgeries…
If you want a healthier, happier, pain-free lifestyle.

Trivia: Janet Travell was the American physician who coined “trigger point” and pioneered TPT in the United States.  She was asked to be the first female Personal Physician to US President John F. Kennedy, because of her very successful treatments to his back pain using TPT.

What are the differences between massage and Neuromuscular Therapy?
Generally, a massage session involves working the entire body with some communications throughout the session.  In a NMT/TPT 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/TPT session can be nauseating depending on how much toxins are released in the chronically, contracted body tissue, how hydrated the person is, the health condition of the client, etc.