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Neuromuscular Massage Therapy
What is Neuromuscular Massage Therapy?
Neuromuscular massage therapy is a system of soft tissue (muscle mass) massage techniques that were developed by Dr. Stanley Lief in England. Neuromuscular massage therapy is the balancing of the central nervous system and musculoskeletal system by correcting any disorders brought about by dyfunction between the two. Neuromuscular massage therapy enhances the range of motion (the distance a joint will move freely or by force without pain or discomfort), and speeds healing by facilitating the release endorphins.
During a typical session of neuromuscular therapy, the therapist will first examine the patient and his or her medical history in attempt to accurately gauge all the factors that are creating and prolonging pain. Some simple tests will be conducted to see joint movement and ask questions in regard to pain levels when the muscle is moving or when it is at rest. Once the problem areas have been identified, alternating levels of concentrated pressure are applied on the areas of muscle spasm. The therapist may apply pressure to varying degrees of pain. When applied for prolonged peroids of time the pain should subside and the muscle should relax and release toxins into the blood stream where they can be excreted.
After a session of this type the patient should drink plenty of water so that toxins that are released into the body can be removed. During some of the session swedish and drainage type movements will be made in an effort to move fluids to lymph nodes where the body can naturally rid itself of these build up toxins.
Neuromuscular therapy works by addressing the following physiological factors which can intensify pain patterns. They are:
Trigger points trigger points are highly irritable points in the nervous system. The Chinese have used these points of the body for hundreds of years.
Nerve entrapment/compression when a nerve gets pressed constantly between the surrounding structures, it can lead to an acute kind of chronic pain. By applying pressure to the the area the muscle, ligaments, and tendons they will eventually relax reseting them to normal functional levels of movement.
Postural distortions Postural distortions result in underdevelopment of the supporting muscles and thereby lead to their weakening. Stretching is used to combat these issues and normally require more than one session to correct.
Nutrition Lack of adequate nutrition to the cells leads to an over all weakening of the entire system. No, the therapist is not going to tell you you are eating wrong. The therapist will flush areas of the body to bring fresh blood and nutrients to the areas affected allowing the body to heal itelf.
Stress Stress plays havoc with the functioning of the nervous and musculoskeletal system. Near the end of the session a soothing gentle massage is used to help the patient relax and de-stress.