Remedial Massage Techniques

Mobile Reading, Berkshire based Remedial Massage

Neuromuscular Technique (NMT)

There are many variants of Neuromuscular Technique's (NMT's), and some terms are frequently used interchangeably such as Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure etc. Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) is commonly used to not only assess dysfunctional tissues but also to treat them. The technique involves the therapist applying pressure to sensitive points of muscle tension widely referred to as Myofascial Trigger Points (MTPs). NMT can be performed by hand or via specially shaped tools to aid with the application of the technique. There are many theories as to how and why NMT's can be used to relieve muscle tension and pain. One such theory proposes that Neuromuscular Technique's (NMT's) have their effects due to reflex mechanisms (reflex arc) and more specifically the pain-spasm-pain cycle. Usually, when one's body feels pain the body's natural reaction is to tense up and try and move away from the pain, which in itself can cause muscle spasm. Muscle spasms can also be painful which can result in the cycle repeating itself. In essence, the body adapts, and the new level of tissues tension (hypertonicity) becomes normal as far as the brain and body are concerned. However, tissue tension and dysfunctional tissues restrict movement and can cause pain as other structures within the body adapt to these changes. Tissue adaptions or dysfunction in one area of the body frequently affect other areas of the body and the kinetic chain and the underlying fascial network. The Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) aims to reset the bodies neuromuscular system back to its base level and thus relieve pain, restore normal tissue tone and function. It is possible for a therapist to break the pain-spasm-pain cycle in the clinical environment, through careful palpation and the correct application of Neuromuscular Technique (NMT's). There are also thought to be some similarities between the mechanisms behind Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) and Myofascial Dry Needling. It is possible to self-treat with Neuromuscular Technique (NMT's), such as self-trigger point therapy. However, there are limits as to the effectiveness of self-applied trigger point therapy, and the article on Self Trigger Point Therapy (TPT) discusses these in more detail. A suitably qualified therapist can usually get far better results and frequently with less pain than trying to self-administer the method. Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) is not the only way to help release the effects of muscle spams and other techniques include Positional Release Technique (PRT).


Chiropractic and Massage Registrations

All of our practitioner's hold relevant professional industry registrations and or memberships. Our principal practitioner Terry Davis MSMA holds additional memberships and registrations for Massage Therapy with the Complementary & Natural Health Council (CHNC) and is BTEC Level 5 Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy qualified and holds professional membership with the Sports Massage Association (SMA):-

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