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Neuromuscular Therapy

What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
a_backpainNMT is a complete bodywork package to reduce pain and ease dysfunction. NMT is based on balancing the nervous system with the muscular system and searches for the underlying causes of long standing pain.

The overall aim is to achieve balance and full function of the soft tissues in a pain-free body.

The treatment begins with a thorough case history, followed by a postural analysis, muscle testing and tissue palpation.

A wide variety of techniques are used in NMT treatments such as myofascial release, cranio-decompression, soft tissue release, muscle energy techniques, positional release, trigger point therapy, movement retraining, use of heat packs, ice massage and skin rolling.

How NMT can help alleviate pain and dysfunction:

  • Muscle spasms released
  • Trapped or compressed nerves are released
  • Trigger points (which cause referred pain) are deactivated
  • Postural distortions are identified and corrected
  • Sound nutritional advice is offered
  • Emotional well being (stress reduction) is emphasised
  • Treatments encourage self-help between visits.

Techniques used in Neuromuscular Therapy

Postural Analysis
The body is able to function at its most efficient, when it is in balance against gravity, while faulty alignment results in undue stress and strain on bones, joints and muscles.

The postural analysis that may be performed during your NMT assessment helps indicate which muscles are shortened and which are elongated, giving information on what changes can be made to achieve a more balanced, less painful body.

For example, carrying the head too far forward, as is very common, puts stress on the muscles at the back of the head (they work hard to hold it up), while the ones at the front of the neck become short, often trapping nerves and blood vessels, causing numbness or tingling in the hands (OOS). The diagram here shows two common postural imbalances, together with the ideal alignment.

Trigger Point Therapy
When muscles are put under stress, they often develop trigger points. These are tiny knots in the muscles which cause pain and other symptoms to be referred to other areas.

They are the cause of many common ailments, for example trigger points in the top of your shoulders (trapezius muscles) often give people headaches. We use charts in our clinic to track down these trigger points, then use a variety of techniques to deactivate them.

Myofascial Release (MFR)
Fascia is the web of connective tissue which covers and supports the body, holding everything together, while ‘myo’ means muscular.

MFR is the three dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to break down physical restrictions and facilitate emotional changes which may be impeding progress in healing.

Cranial (head) bones can move out of their correct position causing pain and dysfunction. Gentle decompression can remove imbalances in these bones. These techniques can help migraine sufferers, head trauma cases, sinus problems, tinitus and TMJ (jaw) dysfunction.

Soft Tissue Release (STR)
STR involves the therapist gliding along the muscle fibres while the client actively elongates the muscle. This is followed by an active isolated stretch which reinforces the improved function. These methods are used to increase range of movement, break down adhesions and scar tissue and reduce pain.

Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
MET is a method of enhancing stretching by first contracting the muscle requiring the stretch.

MET stretches are commonly part of treatment sessions and may be used as part of the ‘homework’ for clients in between massages.

Positional Release
Tender points are alleviated by putting the area into a position of ease. This shortening of already shortened tissues, reminds the nervous system of a problem in the tissues, causing a relaxation of the tissues. This often switches off painful signals.

Movement Retraining
We teach easily learnt self-mobilisation techniques which help switch off poor movement patterns and key-in more efficient movement and function.

For further information on this type of massage or if you would like Neuromuscular Therapy contact: Marianne at Ybsore.co.nz, phone on 09 576 1368



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