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What is Neuromuscular Therapy?

Updated: May 14

In the realm of soft tissue therapy, one of the prominent modalities that often garners attention is Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT). This specialized technique targets muscular pain, tension, and imbalances, aiming to alleviate discomfort and improve overall physical well-being. Let's delve deeper into understanding what Neuromuscular Massage is, when a Trigger Point Massage is necessary, and the sensations one might experience during this therapy.

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What is Neuromuscular Massage aka Trigger Point Therapy?

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy is a focused approach that involves applying sustained pressure to specific areas of muscle tissue called trigger points. These trigger points are hyperirritable spots within a muscle that can cause referred pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. By addressing these points, NMT aims to release tension, restore proper blood flow, and promote healing within the affected muscles.

This therapeutic technique integrates knowledge of the nervous system and its interaction with muscular tissues. Therapists utilize a combination of pressure, friction, and stretching techniques to identify and treat these trigger points, aiming to restore the body's natural balance and function.

Signs You Need a Trigger Point Massage

Identifying the need for a trigger point massage involves recognizing certain signs and symptoms that indicate muscular tension or dysfunction. Some common indicators that suggest the requirement for trigger point therapy include:

  1. Localized Pain: Persistent pain or discomfort in specific muscles that doesn't alleviate with rest.

  2. Restricted Range of Motion: Difficulty in moving a joint or muscle due to stiffness or tightness.

  3. Referred Pain: Pain experienced in one area of the body that originates from a different point, often due to trigger points.

  4. Muscle Knots: Palpable knots or nodules within muscles that are tender to touch.

  5. Chronic Headaches: Frequent headaches originating from neck and shoulder tension.

What Trigger Point Massage Feels Like

The sensations experienced during a trigger point massage can vary from person to person. However, common experiences include:

  1. Localized Discomfort: As pressure is applied to trigger points, you might feel a certain level of discomfort or tenderness at the specific site.

  2. Radiating Sensation: As the therapist works on trigger points, you may experience sensations that radiate to other areas of the body connected to the affected muscles.

  3. Release of Tension: With sustained pressure, the muscle knots or tightness may gradually start to relax, leading to a sense of relief.

  4. Muscle Twitching: In some cases, muscles might twitch or spasm as the trigger points are being targeted and treated.

If you're experiencing any of these signs or sensations, it might be time to consider a trigger point massage session. Book an appointment with our experienced therapists to experience the relief and rejuvenation that Neuromuscular Massage Therapy can offer. Your journey to a healthier, pain-free body begins with a simple step—schedule your appointment today!



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Pain has a pattern. When you come in for your session there is no guessing what soft tissue is contributing to your pain we are well verse in the pain patterns of the body. Your nervous system is the command center for your body the nerve trunk that supplies a specific joint also supplies the muscles of the joint, as well as the tendons, skin and related muscles. This complex system regulates your body’s systems & guides almost everything you do and allows you to experience your environment. The nervous system holds the key to the body’s incredible potential to heal itself.


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Tiffany Sandoval

Hi I'm Tiffany Sandoval, OC's trusted Elite Pain Relief & Mobility Expert with over 13 years. My expertise is backed by certifications in Neuromuscular Therapy, FST-Neuromyofascial Tissue Practice, and Vodder Certified Manual Lymph Drainage, allowing me to offer specialized care tailored to your needs. Let's work together to unlock your body's potential, regain mobility, and pave the way for a pain-free, active lifestyle. Connect with her here or on LinkedIn.

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