You may have heard of swedish massage and deep tissue massage, but neuromuscular? Perhaps not. This highly specialist type of massage is an effective therapy for healing muscle strains, trapped tension and muscular imbalances, to ultimately help you live a pain-free, happy, healthy and energized life.
In our daily lives we are repeatedly putting pressure on our body: we are hunched over our laptops for most of the day, and when we’re not, we’re hunched over our smartphones, sleeping in awkward positions, forgetting to stretch after exercise and constantly feeling stressed. That’s the reality for most of us, and it’s causing pain and neuromuscular damage
To feel optimal in your day to day life, you need to ensure that your muscular and skeletal system is in alignment with your nervous system. Have you ever noticed that when you’re really stressed, your shoulder pain flares up? That’s because conditions of the nervous system (stress) cause – or at least exacerbate – conditions of the musculoskeletal system. That’s why neuromuscular massage therapy was created; to align both systems, for optimal performance in life.
Prior to a neuromuscular massage therapy, the therapist will ask you to discuss any problem areas you have, where they came from and the extent of the pain you feel associated with each area. This will give the therapist an idea of which massage techniques to use and where to focus on. The massage will involve applying pressure to trigger points, for myofascial and tension release, to increase blood flow in the area, stimulate a healing response, decrease pain and to increase mobility and flexibility.
Here are some example medical conditions that can be treated using neuromuscular massage therapy:
After ongoing treatment, neuromuscular massage therapy is able to correct movement dysfunction, restore muscular or postural imbalances and to realign the central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system to reduce the occurrence of related conditions.
The benefits of neuromuscular massage come from the release of tension and healing response that is stimulated. When a muscle is causing you chronic pain, it is likely that the muscle is contracted and compressed: this means it’s not getting enough blood or oxygen, and so lactic acid production increases, which reduces exercise performance and causes muscle soreness post-workout.
When the tension is released, oxygenated blood can flow freely and the body is able to heal itself, both physically and neurologically. An example of the physical benefits have been shown in a systematic review of the research on neuromuscular massage therapy, concluding that it is an effective therapy for pain management, improving mood and boosting general health. An example of the neurological benefits have been shown in a pilot study published in 2006 that found that neuromuscular massage therapy was effective at improving motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease.
The research shows that neuromuscular massage therapy can be used as a valid treatment for a range of physical and neurological conditions. If you are experiencing chronic pain, fatigue, low energy or muscle tension – it’s about time you give it a try,