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Neuromuscular Massage Therapy "NMT"

What is Neuromuscular Massage "NMT": Neuromuscular massage "NMT" is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically-oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (muscles knots), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement and injuries.

How Neuromuscular "NMT" Massage Works: Neuromuscular massage therapy focuses on alleviating muscle stress and pain by applying concentrated pressure and friction to break up trigger points (muscular knots), and adhered soft tissues. When applying concentrated pressure and friction to a localized effected area, it stimulates blood circulation in the ischemic tissues which aids in releasing the adhered soft tissues, tension, pain, and muscular spasms. Neuromuscular massage is effective in treating neck pain, back pain, joint pain, repetitive motion injuries, and muscle spasms. Neuromuscular massage also helps unusual tingling and numbness of limbs by releasing impinged muscle tissues. Muscular spasms and adhered muscular tissues can lead to painful symptoms that can also travel to the surrounding soft tissues.

Neuromuscular massage follows the holistic approach of healing pain and disorders, whereby the affected body tissues are stimulated to promote the healing process. Some people receive instant relief from pain after a single neuromuscular massage session while others may need to go for repeated sessions in order to experience the benefits of neuromuscular therapy.

Neuromuscular "NMT" Massage & Pain: At certain points during a neuromuscular massage treatment, it is possible to experience some discomfort and pain however, if at any time you feel discomfort and/or pain beyond a "hurt so good" it is important to communicate with the massage professional so he/she can readjust their pressure and/or make other adjustments. There could be some muscular soreness after receiving a neuromuscular massage, however it should subside within a day or two.

Benefits of a Neuromuscular "NMT" Massage: A neuromuscular massage will break up trigger points (muscular knots) and adhered muscle tissues which help stimulated good blood flow to the areas that receive the body work. This will causes the tissues to start functioning normally once again, increases flexibility, and restores body posture. 

Is Neuromuscular "NMT" Massage Therapy Safe: Neuromuscular massage therapy is a safe alternative to pain relieving drugs, and has the same general contraindications as any other type of massage or bodywork. See below for contraindications.

Neuromuscular "NMT" massage helps relieve and improves a wide range of health related issues which includes some of the following:

• Stress
• Headaches & Migraines
• Over All Muscle Tension & Spasms
• Muscle Cramps
• Muscle Strains
• Flexibility, Range of Motion & Limited Mobility
• Rehabilitates Injured Muscles from Injuries (whiplash, falls, sports injury)
• TMJ Pain
• Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
• Tendonitis
• Repetitive Strain Injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome)
• Postural Problems
• Chronic Pain
• Osteoarthritis Pain
• Fibromyalgia Pain
• Plantar Fascitis
• Postural Distoritions
• Herniated Disc
• Sciatica
• Shin Splints

Consultation: Prior to the start of any massage treatment, massage professionals will have each client complete a health history form. The main purpose of the client intake forms is to inform the massage professional of current and past health issues (within the year) and injuries so the massage professional can take special care to treat current issues and prevent additional injury.

Professionalism: By law, all clients receiving services by a licensed professional must be properly draped underneath a sheet, blanket, and/or towel during all massage therapy sessions. During a massage you are generally nude or in undergarments underneath the drapping. The massage professional uncovers only the part of the body he/she is working on. Our professionals will give each client privacy by leaving the room to wash their hands while each client undresses/dresses when getting on and off the massage table. Our professionals will also knock and ask to re-enter the room.

Massage Therapist

What to Expect During the Massage: Massage therapists may use their palms, fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a massage session. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage professional works on tense, tender, and sore areas. It is very important to communicate with your massage professional on pressure comfort. A massage, including deep tissue, and neuromuscular "NMT" should never go beyond a "hurt so good".

What Should You Do After a Neuromuscular "NMT" Massage: Professionals encourage their clients to drink plenty of water after their massage treatment to flush metabolic waste from their tissues. Massage has a detoxifying effect on the body. It is important to avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for the next 24 hours.

Additional Tip: It's advisable to not eat a heavy meal before a massage.

Precautions & Contraindications: Massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in some cases it is best to get a written scrip from your physician. Massage therapists, may not, under the written law, attempt to diagnose a medical condition. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us for more information.

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is generally considered a safe treatment for most people however, there are three types of "contraindications".