Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a specific type of manual therapy which focuses on reducing pain caused by muscle spasms, nerve compression, postural distortion, or biomechanical dysfunction. This therapy deals with the muscles, soft tissues,and ligaments of the body, as well as the nervous system.
Musclescan spasm and this can be caused by any number of reasons. This spasm occurs ina specific area of the muscle but can then travel to other parts of the muscleand results in pain. The part where the spasm occurs is called the triggerpoint.
Whenthis happens, the flow of blood to this area slows down and can sometimes evenstop. And this inhibits the proper functioning of the muscle. It also causes abuildup of lactic acid. The result is sore muscles. If not treated, the problemcan be compounded. Numbness and tingling as well as other symptoms will occur.These symptoms may even occur in other parts of the body.
Nervecompression is pressure on a nerve caused by soft tissue, cartilage or bone.Postural distortion occurs when the muscular system gets off balance due to themovement of the body off the longitudinal and horizontal planes. and the bodybecomes misaligned. Biomechanical dysfunction is also an imbalance and this isdue to incorrect movement patterns such as poor lifting habits.
Duringneuromuscular therapy the therapist locates the trigger point(s) and uses anintense, concentrated pressure on it. Then pressure is applied using either thehands or elbow. Sometimes, prior to theneuromuscular therapy the tissue is warmed up with either a Swedish or traditionalmassage.
Thistherapy neutralizes the spasm. Blood flow is restored to the area and pain isrelieved. Other positive outcomes can include an increase in flexibility, widerrange of motion, better posters and increased energy.
TheresaTeeter is certified in neuromuscular therapy. Give her a call at herTallahassee office 850-508-3562.