Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT)

neuromuscular massage therapy NMT

A very specialized form of massage therapy, NMT addresses the physiology of the central nervous system (brain, spinal column and nerves) and its effect on the musculoskeletal system. NMT is based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system maintains homeostatic (healthy) balance. These same laws dictate how the central nervous system initiates pain response. How is NMT different from Deep Tissue? The term Deep Tissue is very popular and self-explanatory (you work deep into the tissue and muscle). Normally people associate Deep Tissue massage with feeling pain or lots of pressure. NMT is a specific touch and can feel deep or light, the therapist can adjust the position of the muscle and the entry into the muscle to manipulate the feeling. NMT takes into account the origin and insertion (attachment end points) of a muscle and uses that information to work the muscle with specificity. NMT also takes into account the function and action of a muscle as well as Trigger Points.

There are five principles to Neuromuscular Therapy:

  1. Postural Distortion
  2. Biomechanical Dysfunctions
  3. Trigger Points
  4. Nerve Compression/Entrapment
  5. Ischemia