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The Center for Neuromuscular Therapy

NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE THERAPY


 Neuromuscular therapy, when practiced by licensed, trained therapists, treats acute and chronic pain caused by soft tissue injury without the use of drugs or surgery. It is often prescribed by physicians, dentists, and surgeons. Neuromuscular therapy is a "hands-on" therapy that addresses ischemia (reduced blood supply),trigger points (knots that refer pain to other areas), nerve entrapment and postural distortion. Most muscular dysfunctions are a result of one or more of three core problems.

1.-Vascular entrapment: Veins and arteries traverse through your muscles and not just around them. When your muscles "cramp" or "spasm" or "knot-up", they can squeeze or compress these vessels resulting in a reduction of blood and oxygen. Headaches are a prime example. Many headaches are vascular in origin caused by compression of tight muscles surrounding the artery. One particular muscle at the base of the skull , named the splenius capitus, is often the culprit for headaches felt in the forehead and temple regions. Applying direct pressure this muscle forces the muscle fibers to elongate, thus reducing the compression on the artery.


2.-Nerve entrapment: When we have a "knot" in our muscles and it happens to be located in a place where a nerve passes through that part of the muscle, it may cause a radiating pain. Muscles that are overused, dehydrated or injured become tight. The tightness results in less fluid in the muscle, which translates to less "cushion" around the vessels traveling through the tight muscle. Ironically, the lack of fluid causes inflamation. Compression of the nerve irritates the nerve and carries that "irritated" signal further along the nerve path to other muscles intervated by that nerve branch. Often, the source of the discomfort you experience is not coming from the place you hurt. By utililizing deep tissue techniques of transverse friction, compression or static pressure to the trigger point itself, we can soften the muscle and connective tissue entraping the nerve.


Postural/Skeletal  Dystortion: If a muscle spasms and shortens its' length, it can affect structure. A shortened muscle will pull the bones on either side of the joint closer together. Here are a few examples - The foward head posture in this picture would have shortened chest muscles and abdominal muscles, resulting in a collapsed ribcage, shortened posterior neck muscles, overstretched/weakened upper back muscles and shorter height. Understanding this basic principle helps us to understand leg length differences that are not genetic bone length differences. This type of leg length difference causes a myraid of other problems such as scoliosis, head tilt, rotated shoulder, and the list goes on. One last example here is "frozen shoulder", medically known as adhesive capulitis. This dysfunction occurs when the humerous no longer articulates in a full range of motion in the socket with the shoulder blade. Muscles that cross the joint are shortened and pulling the humerous in tighter and closer to the socket. This compression in the socket results in bursitis (inflammation of the bursa), which in turn causes pain and limitied range of motion. Neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy and other modaities are very effective in 'releasing' the shortened muscle groups involved in postural/skeletal dystortions.

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