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What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
NMT is a "problem solving" technique that uses advanced techniques to break the stress-tension-pain-cycle. It aims to relax muscles so that circulation can increase and the body will return to normal neuromuscular balance. This technique is used to restore structural, functional, and postural integrity of the body by removing restrictions. Therefore, reducing pain and improving posture and biomechanics of the body. Neuromuscular Therapy will provide joint pain relief, increase body flexibility, increase muscle strength, increase circulation and increase range of motion.
Neuromuscular Therapy is a very specialized form of manual therapy. A therapist trained in NMT is educated in the physiology of the nervous system and its effect on the muscular and skeletal systems. The Neuromuscular Therapist is also educated in Kinesiology and biomechanics and how to work in a clinical or medical environment.
By definition, Neuromuscular Therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. The technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress can cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. It is therefore necessary to stabilize low levels of neurological activity to maintain normal function and overall health.
Neuromuscular Therapy will be used to address five elements that cause pain.
Nerve Compression or Entrapment: Causes pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage and bone.
Postural Distortion: Imbalance of the muscular system.
Ischemia: Lack of blood flow to soft tissues which causes hypertension to touch.
Trigger Points: Highly irritated points in muscles which refer pain to other parts of the body.
Biomechanical Dysfunction: Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns (i.e., poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing, tennis stroke or computer keyboarding).