NMT works with trigger points which are a certain kind of muscle contraction that refers pain to other areas of the body and therefore cause symptoms which are often misdiagnosed or go undiagnosed.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy Technique
Neuromuscular therapy work consists of gliding strokes, transverse friction and compression techniques on the areas of trigger points or muscle spasm. Friction is used to break up crystal deposits, create heat and loosen fascia and muscle tissue. Compression is used to tire the muscle contraction and, once applied to a muscle spasm, the pressure is held for eight to twelve seconds. The massage pressure is usually applied with fingers, knuckles, or elbow.
Massage therapy can reduce muscle pain. Muscles that have trigger points can be painful to the touch. The pain is caused by ischemic muscle tissue which means the muscle is lacking proper blood flow, usually due to the muscle contraction and/or spasm. This in turn creates the following undesirable results:
- Because the muscle is not receiving enough blood, the muscle is also not receiving enough oxygen
- The lack of oxygen causes the muscle to produce lactic acid
- The lactic acid makes the muscle feel sore
After the muscle is relaxed, the lactic acid will be released from the muscle, and the muscle should start receiving enough blood and oxygen.
Neuromuscular therapy can feel painful at first, but the pressure of the massage should alleviate the muscle spasm. It is always extremely important to communicate with the massage therapist regarding the pressure – whether the pressure is too much, too little, getting better, getting worse. The therapist should listen and respond accordingly. The pressure should never be overly painful. In fact, most people describe the pressure as “good pain”