Neuromuscular therapy is a specialized form of deep tissue massage in which specific pressure (trigger point therapy) and friction are used to release areas of strain or holding patterns in the muscle. These areas of strain are called tender or trigger points and are largely the cause of muscular pain. The American Academy of Pain Management recognizes this form of massage therapy as an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury, such as a muscle strain. Over time and if left untreated, these tight bundles of muscle tissue can create dysfunction in the muscle or muscle group, meaning the body is not able to move and perform to its optimal ability. This can create an overall imbalance in movement or force the body to compensate. Here is where neuromuscular therapy steps in to intervene! Returning the body to its optimal moving pattern, restoring range of motion, and decreasing the trigger points that create discomfort allow the body to re-balance or return to what I like to call homeostasis.
A typical first session might include a thorough intake and assessment of posture, range-of-motion, and establishing a baseline in regards to your current discomfort or pain. This initial assessment allows us to track your progress as normal function and balance is restored. Typically 3-5 sessions are recommended depending on your specific goals. Neuromuscular Therapy can also be integrated into a relaxation massage if you so desire.