Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a thorough examination and treatment of the body’s soft tissues. These time-tested, hands-on techniques are built upon a science-based foundation and guided by clinical evidence.
NMT is highly effective for clients who present with chronic pain. This type of therapy is often successful in reducing or even eliminating long-term pain. Some of the techniques used in NMT can also be applied to acute injuries and is also used during post-surgical care.
NMT has been used to improve performance for athletes and to help as a preventive measure to avoid injury during sports. NMT is frequently included in mainstream medicine, integrative medicine, chiropractic care, and multidisciplinary clinics.
During the course of NMT, contributing factors to a client’s pain and discomfort are examined. When a client complains of shoulder pain, the client’s entire upper extremity will be examined. In addition to the muscles directly crossing the shoulder joint, muscles that attach the shoulder to the torso are also considered. The therapist also closely checks the arms, forearms and hands to see if there are issues present contributing to the client’s discomfort.
When using NMT, the therapist also takes into consideration other contributing factors that may not be physical, yet are still causing pain to the client. These factors can include the client’s posture, nutrition and diet, emotional wellbeing, allergies, and toxins that are in the client’s environment. Most factors that cause pain and dysfunction can be readily identified. NMT addresses the combination of physical, environmental, and emotional factors that are causing the client’s distress.
In order for NMT to be successful it should address ischemia (tight tissue with reduced blood flow), myofascial trigger points (hypersensitive points in muscles that can cause pain), neural entrapment (pressure on nerves by muscles and other soft tissues), nerve compression (pressure on nerves by osseous and other bonelike tissues, such as cartilage or discs), postural assessment (assessment of the position of the body as a whole), dysfunctional gait patterns (manner of movement when walking), and perpetuating factors (hydration, nutrition, breathing patterns, and psychological stress).
We are holding a Neuromuscular Therapy of the Neck & Shoulders Class on September 26 from 1-7:30pm. Students will learn how to correctly perform NMT on all the muscles that control the back, neck and shoulders. Please contact us for more information or to register, or register on our website.