Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is also known as “Trigger Point Myotherapy” and is recognized by The American Academy of Pain Management as an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury. Neuromuscular therapists utilize alternating levels of concentrated pressure at various muscle depths to trigger the release of the tissue. Once released, the therapist will apply more quasi-static pressure, usually with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow, until another release is triggered. This happens over and over until the soft tissue is getting enough blood flow to operate normally and without pain. neuromuscular therapy Neuromuscular therapy aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain and injury by addressing trigger points, postural issues, circulation, bio-mechanical problems, and nerve compression that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries or poor ergonomics. NMT assessments and examinations primarily address:
  • Ischemia: Tight muscle tissue with reduced blood flow.
  • Myofascial trigger points: Hypersensitive points in muscles that lead to referred phenomena, including pain and reduced mobility.
  • Neural entrapment: Compression of nerves bundles between muscles and other soft tissues.
  • Nerve compression Pressure on nerves bundles by bone-like tissues, such as bones, cartilage, or discs, and muscle tissue.
  • Postural assessment: Assessment of the position of the body as a whole using a background grid chart.
  • Dysfunctional gait patterns: Body mechanics when walking, working, etc.
  • Other perpetuating factors: Hydration, nutrition, breathing and sleeping patterns, work ergonomics, stimulant and medication consumption, and psychological stress.
Many patients have used NMT effectively with chronic pain syndromes like Fibromyalgia, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, to reduce or eliminate even longstanding conditions. Many of the techniques used for NMT are staples for sports massage therapists in treating acute sports injuries and to prevent injuries due to these activities. Occasionally wooden or rubber tools may be used to facilitate the application of static pressure over long periods of time so that the therapist can feel minute changes in the muscle tissue without becoming overly fatigued.

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