What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
NMT seeks to eliminate pain, chronic or acute, by addressing 4 key elements...
Ischemia: Lack of blood flow to soft tissues
Trigger points: Highly irritated points in muscles that refer pain to other parts of the body
Nerve entrapment / compression: Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage, or bone
Postural distortions: Imbalance of the muscular system resulting from poor habits, repetitive working conditions, or a lack of muscular strength
What causes Trigger Points?
Injury, Overuse, and Postural adaptation have the potential to develop tiny contraction "knots" within a muscle commonly referred to as myofascial trigger points. This "knot" essentially restricts blood flow and oxygen to the affected tissue that often refers to other parts of the body.
What is a Neuromuscular Therapy session like?
Each session begins with a client check in regarding your history and current habits followed by a postural assessment to help determine a unique strategy for your session.
NMT is often performed in "sets". Once the offending tissue is determined we will utilize both static manual pressure and flushing techniques to encourage fluid flow to the area. This is followed by allowing the tissue to rest while blood and oxygen work to hydrate the tissue. We then repeat the process multiple times throughout a session.
Movement will be performed at the end of a session to encourage more fluid flow and integration of the tissue.
How long does it take to see results?
This obviously varies but I like to see a significant reduction in pain and increased mobility within 3 sessions. If the homework assigned is performed diligently at home in addition to the bodywork then results are often quick and profound.