Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy refers to specialized pressure applied to myofascial trigger points (TP) to relieve pain. Trigger points can be extremely painful to the touch, and frequently refer pain in a localized or peripheral manner. Besides inflicting pain, TPs can also prohibit movements, so therefore it is essential to manually release the TPs as part of the path to optimal function.

What is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point (TP) is a tiny area of hyperirritability that forms in muscle bellies and in myofascia when these areas are overworked, strained or directly injured. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) uses manual application of specialized pressure directly onto the TPs to relieve pain. Trigger points can be latent or active in which both cases they are painful to touch. In addition, the active TPs can be a source of painful sensations that in your daily life can manifest as tingling, numbness, electricity, burning, or itching.

Pain Patterns

The pain patterns of TPs can be confusing as the pain is frequently manifesting in a place that is different from the where the TP is located. An example is pain or numbness in the hand coming from TPs in the shoulder muscles, or pain radiating down the leg coming from TPs in the hip muscles. The pain can vary greatly throughout the day, which adds to the confusion, depending on your level of activity, stress, fatigue, exposure to cold temperature and so forth. Many misdiagnosed conditions (carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, sciatica, ear or jaw pain etc.) can be explained with TPs in a given muscle.

Treatments

If I come across TPs when working with you, I might either attend to them while you are in motion on the floor, or bring you back to the table to release particularly stubborn TPs. The pain of TPs can be severe and thus they can restrict and prohibit movements, or make your body find ways of compensating, which will eventually lead to a new set of problems. It is therefore important to manually release the TPs in order to open up the path toward creating new neuromuscular pathways and pain-free movement patterns.

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