Neuromuscular Therapy – A scientific bodywork modality designed to relieve trigger points and chronic muscular pain.
Perpetuating factors can also include shoulder joint pathologies, postural positioning, habits of use, nutritional components, emotional wellbeing, allergies, neuroexcitants, neurotoxins, and other core elements that can masquerade as myofascial pain and dysfunction. Due to the diverse nature of perpetuating factors, astute NMT practitioners build a broad network of healthcare providers for referral of those clients whose symptoms suggest “red flag” warnings or underlying pathologies.
NMT assessments and examinations primarily address
- Ischemia (tight tissue with reduced blood flow)
- 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 osseous and other bonelike tissues, such as cartilage or discs).
Postural assessment (assessment of the position of the body as a whole)
- And dysfunctional gait patterns (manner of movement when walking)
- With constant consideration for many other perpetuating factors, such as hydration, nutrition, breathing patterns, and psychologic stress.
Most factors that cause pain and dysfunction can be easily grouped under three general headings of biomechanical, biochemical, and psychosocial factors, with the interface between these being profoundly related. Most practitioners apply strategies from only one of these categories, often resulting in improvement that plateaus before full recovery. However, a synergistic effect – often with significant relief – is obtained when all three categories are addressed.