What is Neuromuscular Therapy
Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a precise, thorough examination and treatment of the body’s soft tissues using regionally oriented protocols and techniques which are built upon a science-based foundation and guided by clinical evidence.
Neuromuscular therapy is highly effective for clients who present with chronic pain and is often successful in reducing or eliminating even longstanding painful conditions. Some of the techniques can also be applied to acute injuries and for post-surgical care; many help to improve performance in sport or dance and to prevent injuries due to these activities.
Neuromuscular therapy assessments and examinations primarily address
- myofascial trigger points (hypersensitive points within muscles that give rise to referred phenomena, including pain)
- neural entrapment (pressure on nerves by muscles and other soft tissues), and nerve compression (pressure on nerves by bones 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)
There is constant consideration for many other factors, such as hydration, nutrition, breathing patterns, and psychological stress. [Association of Neuromuscular Therapists]
What are the techniques used in Neuromuscular therapy?
Neuromuscular therapy uses soft tissue manipulation to help improve nervous system function and the overall function and alignment of the skeletal system. There are many techniques that neuromuscular therapist can use to help you with your issue:
- Ischemic Pressure - massage technique consisting of moderate compression applied with the fingers to the trigger point
- Positional Release or Strain Counterstrain technique - therapeutic technique where body or part of body is put into position of comfort to release tender areas or areas with tension (technique opposite to stretching)
- Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) -
- Integrated Neuromuscular Inhibition Technique - used for deactivation of myofascial trigger points and myofascial release, combines Positional Release and Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
- Soft Tissue Release (STR)
- Stacking (aims in releasing restriction in and around a joint)
- Induration Techniques