Neuromuscular / Medical Massage uses effective methods of pain management for chronic muscle discomfort. Our practitioners, while focusing on balancing the person’s body over gravity, apply various techniques that result in the release of constricted muscles and the elimination of metabolic waste. Special attention may also be given through the application of heat and analgesic ointment for optimal results.
In the last 60 years, neuromuscular therapy (NMT) has emerged as a significant way to assess, treat and prevent soft-tissue injuries and chronic pain. Today, NMT is widely used not only in the treatment rooms of massage therapy, but also in occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, dentistry, chiropractic, osteopathic and physical medicine clinics worldwide.
Put broadly, NMT is a series of treatment. NMT differs from regular, relaxation massage because it not only deals with the muscles, ligaments, and soft tissues of the body, but also with the nervous system. (Hence the term “neuromuscular,” which literally means “of, relating to or affecting both nerves and muscles.”)
Understanding the difference between massage therapy and neuromuscular massage should help when it comes time to decide what kind of therapy is right for you and for what you hope to achieve. Day Break Massage Neuromuscular Therapists not only have an advanced understanding of the body, the systems and their delicate interplay, but also possess a solid understanding of the techniques of NMT and their practical application.
The principle of NMT is not only to reduce and eliminate pain, but to restore function and to educate clients about what they can do at home to help keep their progress moving forward. To involve clients in their own healing is a foundational element in NMT, and has proven to help keep clients active in their progress as well as more informed about their body in general. NMT has a long and bright future ahead of us, helping to educate people and affect change for the better, joining forces with anatomy and physiology to create a more holistic, informative approach to living a healthy life.