Neuromuscular Release – (Trigger Point Therapy)
Neuromuscular therapy has a holistic approach towards healing in that emphasis is laid on stimulating the body to heal itself. Once this healing has begun, neuromuscular therapy techniques are used to stimulate soft-tissue repair in the affected areas. During a typical session of neuromuscular therapy, the therapist will first examine the patient and his or her medical history in attempt to accurately gauge all the factors that are creating and prolonging pain. Once the problem areas have been identified, alternating levels of concentrated pressure are applied on the areas of muscle spasm with the fingers, knuckles or elbow.
Neuromuscular Release (trigger point therapy) is less gentle and can sometimes be uncomfortable. The therapist applies firm pressure to knots or tight, tense muscles that have been overused or injured, continuing until the muscles relax.
Applying constant pressure to an acute, tense muscle sends a signal to the entrapped nerve to release, therefore allowing the entire area to relax and soften.
Neuromuscular release restores much needed blood and oxygen to the muscle and the affected area, allowing the muscle to function with less pain.
Neuromuscular therapy works by addressing the following six factors which can increase pain in the body.
- Trigger Points – Trigger points are highly irritable points in the nervous system that show up as knots in the muscles.
- Nerve Entrapment/Compression – When a nerve gets pressed constantly between the surrounding structures, it can lead to chronic pain.
- Postural Distortions – Result in underdevelopment of the supporting muscles and thereby lead to their weakening. The result is over used reactive muscles which become fatigued and sore.
- Nutrition – Lack of adequate nutrition to the cells leads to an over all weakening of the entire system. Movement of the tissues brings about stimulation of the lymphatic system improves immune function.
- Stress – Stress plays havoc with the functioning of the nervous and musculoskeletal system. Relieving the chronic tension helps reduce nerve stimulation and allows the body to wind down and relax.
Neuromuscular Therapy is used to assist with treating and healing of:
- Chronic Pain
- Rotator Cuff Dysfunction
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Lower Back Pain
- Aids in Healing Process for Injured Tissue
- Assists Blood and Lymphatic Flow
- Restores Postural Alignment
- Increased Flexibility to the Tissues