What is Neuromuscular Therapy?

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a specialized form of manual therapy. A therapist trained in NMT is educated in physiology of the nervous system and its effect on the muscular and skeletal system. It is a structurally integrative, comprehensive program of recovery from acute and chronic pain syndromes, which utilize specific manual techniques, stretching and breath work to eliminate the causes of most neuromuscular pain patterns. It can be used for prevention, injury recovery and general well being. 

massageBy definition, NMT is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural deficiencies or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body prone to pain and dysfunction.

This type of therapy often concentrates on painful spots within a tight muscle or its fascia, the strong connective tissue surrounding muscles, called trigger points. These tender sites can cause pain by shortening the muscle or causing referred pain patterns, which is a pain in a location other than the trigger point site. By releasing these adhesions and trigger points the nervous system is able to stabilize low levels of neurological activity to maintain normal function and overall health.

NMT treats the following elements to alleviate pain and dysfunction within the soft tissue:

Ischemia: is a decreased blood supply to the connective tissue. This is very common within tight muscles. This can lead to hypersensitivity at the site of pain. Ischemic compression can cause a rush of blood to the area. Pressure is then reapplied and released until pain is lessened.

Nerve Entrapment: is when soft tissue or bone applies pressure to a nerve. This can often lead to intense shooting pain along that nerve.

Postural & Biomechanical Distortion: is an imbalance of the muscular system resulting from improper movement patterns, stress or trauma. The movements of both the longitudinal and horizontal planes are faulty.

Poor nutrition and hydration: is an deficiency in the health and well-being of the body.  Food is our medicine and if we don’t take care of that area the body begins to be thrown out of balance and therefore pain begins.

Distorted Breath Patterns: One of the first signs of stress and anxiety is a constricted breathing. When the body starts to take shallow short breaths instead of breathing at a natural pace, it is near impossible for one to reach a relaxed state.

At Momentum Sports Therapy our NMT therapists not only eliminate the pain your having but educate you on ways to prevent the recurrence of your specific injury or distortion. We want you to be well! NMT fills a void left by traditional health care by analyzing soft tissue causes of pain.

According to research approximately 80% of pain systems are considered idiopathic, which means there is no known cause.

We believe that treating the body as a functional unit we are able to treat symptoms that have eluded other well qualified health professionals. Our training and experience is a way to unlock the hidden sources of pain.

To experience the skill of one of our Neuromuscular Therapists contact our office today at (949)387-0060.