NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE THERAPY
At Body Smart Health, we like to stay up-to-date with the latest emerging techniques and integrated modalities that combine both neurokinetic and Massage Therapy to bring you a new approach in our exclusive Functional Neuromuscular Screening Service as well as Neuromuscular Massage Therapy.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT), also know as Trigger Point Therapy, involves concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm which can refer pain to other, seemingly unrelated, areas of the body. The pressure is usually applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow. Once located, NMT and muscle stripping can be applied to address the local pain or the dysfunction root cause area.
At Body Smart Health, Neuromuscular Therapy is integrated into our Corrective Manual Therapy approach and is most effective in dealing with:
- Ischemia (tight tissue with reduced blood flow)
- Myofascial Trigger Points (hypersensitive points within muscles that give rise to referred pain)
- Nerve Entrapment (pressure on nerves by muscles and other soft tissues) and nerve compression (pressure on nerves by osseous and other bonelike tissues, such as cartilage, or discs).
- Postural Dysfunction (strain patterns of the of the body as a whole)
- Dysfunctional Gait Patterns (manner of movement when walking)
While applying Neuromuscular Therapy, we are aware of and take into consideration many other perpetuating factors, such as hydration, nutrition, breathing patterns, and psychologic stress.
NMT is highly effective for clients who present with chronic pain. This treatment is often successful in reducing or eliminating even longstanding painful conditions. Some of the techniques can also be applied to acute injuries and for post-surgical care helping to improve performance in sport or dance and to prevent injuries due to these activities.
Body Smart Health provides a full body assessment for all new patients and existing patients that have not visited the clinic in the last 3-6 months. This full body assessment contains a battery set of passive and active tests to determine the scope of muscle dysfunction, mobility limitation, or the root cause of the pain. Based on your body’s ability to heal, adjust, and recover from an injury, accident, or mobility issue – the type of corrective manual therapy applied may change progressively over the course of the Treatment Plan.
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