Conditions Treated by Neuromuscular Massage
Neuromuscular massage involves alternating levels of concentrated pressure on affected areas with massage pressure applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow. Once applied, the pressure should not vary for ten to thirty seconds.
NMT addresses five key elements that cause pain:
- Ischemia, lack of blood flow to soft tissues that causes hypersensitivity to touch
- 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/poor posture habits, imbalance of the muscular system
- Biomechanical dysfunction resulting from faulty movement patterns such as poor lifting habits, computer keyboarding, bad mechanics in a golf swing or tennis stroke
Some of the conditions treated by NMT include:
- Chronic pain
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Dysfunction
- Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
Neuromuscular therapy may hurt at first, but most people describe the pressure as “good pain” and the pressure of the massage should alleviate the muscle spasm. It is important to communicate with your massage therapist if the pressure is too much or too little.