Neuromuscular therapy is a specialized form of massage in which alternating levels of concentrated pressure and friction are used to release areas of strain in the muscle. These areas of strain are called trigger points and are the cause of muscular pain symptoms.
Trigger points are areas of hypersensitivity in a muscle caused by overstrain. These are small areas of the muscle in which there is a contracture of muscular tissue (think of a tiny snag in a knit sweater). Blood and nutrients are lacking in that part of the muscle and therefore the muscle spindle is unable to relax. Trigger points cause pain, fatigue and weakness in the muscle. Trigger points may also cause a phenomenon called referral pain.
Referral pain is caused by trigger points and is a phenomenon in which areas far from the trigger point suffer from sensations of pain, tingling, or numbness. Examples of referral pain include: sciatica like symptoms, carpal tunnel like symptoms, and headaches.
What to Treat?
Neuromuscular therapy is used to treat many different soft tissue problems. The following list is a small example of issues that may be helped: Lower back pain, upper back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel like symptoms, sciatica like symptoms, hip pain, headaches, plantar fasciitis, calf cramps, tendonitis, knee pain, iliotibial band friction syndrome, jaw pain, tempomandibular joint pain (TMJ disorders).
What folks are saying...
- Linda R
I deal with a lot of shoulder pain and fibromyalgia. After receiving a neuromuscular massage from Jackie Kay, my pain level and mobility are improved tremendously. Time with her leaves me genuinely renewed in body, mind, and spirit!
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