Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) treatments are based upon " Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Therapy Manual," by Dr. Janet Travell (White House physician for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson) and Dr. David Simons.  NMT uses the application of various hands-on techniques to resolve a wide range of pain syndromes.  

The treatment/rehabilitation process involves these steps:

  • Reduce Spasm, Ischemia and Trigger Points
  • Enhance Flexibility (stretching, lengthening)
  • Build Muscle Tone and Balance
  • Increase Stamina
  • Develop Proper Posture, Motion, Breathing

NMT addresses four main factors causing pain:

  • Postural Imbalances
  • Ischemia
  • Trigger Points
  • Nerve Entrapment or Compression

Postural imbalances: Imbalances, or abnormal posture, increase the work load for postural muscles, alter muscle function, and cause fatigue.  One example is forward head posture.  Every inch your head moves forward relative to your torso adds 12 pounds to the load on your posterior neck muscles, which now must take on the responsibility to constantly hold up your head. 

Ischemia:  Pain results from insufficient blood flow to a muscle, often due to muscle tightness.  This results in a shortage of the nutrients needed by the muscle fibers, and a buildup of pain-causing waste products.

Trigger Points: Trigger points are hypersensitive contractures in muscle fibers, usually found in the muscle belly, which cause referred pain, tenderness and disruption of muscle function.

Nerve Entrapment or Compression:  Muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs and bone can put pressure on nerves, resulting in pain - for example, sciatica, or thoracic outlet syndrome (tingling and/or pain radiating down the arm), etc.


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