Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a specialised form of soft tissue massage that aims to produce a long-term change over a series of sessions.
It works on the basis that much of the pain and tension we hold is a result of ‘holding’ in the nervous system, and that by retraining the nervous system we can deactivate painful spots (trigger points) and release long-term tension and restrictions in movement. Often, the pain that is experienced in one area can come from a trigger point elsewhere. NMT is a type of treatment alongside osteopathy that treats the soft tissues and is also used to discover and deactivate these trigger points.
NMT releases muscular tension and lengthens short and tight muscles.
These muscular related problems can be discovered by palpation – a sense of touch, by assessing your posture, walking and standing, and taking into account the balance of various muscles and joints.
Your first appointment will normally last an hour. This allows time for a full case history, physical examination, diagnosis and treatment to be carried out.
What Can You Expect?
Neuromuscular Therapy is largely done on a massage couch and you will be asked to remove all clothing except your underwear (and perhaps a pair of shorts). You will receive some treatment lying down however you may be asked to reposition into different postures for various techniques.
The techniques used in Neuromuscular Therapy include Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Deactivation, Muscle Energy Technique (MET) and Positional Release Technique. What you will experience is a session in which we work together to discover where your problems stem from and how best to treat them.
You will be actively involved in assisted stretches, as well as being passive during massage strokes with and without oil, and using deep and light pressure.
Although you may experience some discomfort as trigger points and problematic areas are discovered and treated, you are unlikely to feel more than a little pain as the work is all done within the pain barrier. You will also be asked to give feedback on how you feel the treatment is going and whether you feel it could be improved.
For the best results, a course of six to eight sessions is recommended; however, you can have ongoing treatment for as long as you choose.