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Neuro­muscular Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy is a therapeutic massage technique that releases nodular “trigger points” in bands of taut muscle.

What is the goal of Neuromuscular Therapy?

Neuromuscular Therapy (aka Trigger Point Therapy) is used to relieve the pain and dysfunction caused by trigger points found within tense, tight muscles.

Even if you’ve never heard of trigger points, chances are good that you’ve experienced the pain and discomfort of these common, musculoskeletal problems.

What are trigger points?

Myofascial trigger points are areas of painful soft tissue dysfunction.

Trigger points frequently occur in overused, overstretched, or weak muscles, as well as in combination with other injuries.

What causes trigger points to develop?

Some of the most common reasons that trigger points develop include:

  • Trauma, including whiplash, sprains, and strains
  • Direct physical impact to the muscle
  • Exposure to cold temperatures; and
  • Poor posture

Trigger points are also likely to occur simultaneously with many other musculoskeletal conditions, due to additional strain in compensatory muscles.

What is the connection between trigger points and referred pain?

“Referred pain” is a pain that is felt distant from its actual source.

For example, often someone who is experiencing heart troubles will notice referred pain in the area of their left shoulder.

Muscles also have unique patterns of referred pain when damaged. For example, a person with an active trigger point in their upper trapezius muscle will likely experience an aching pain referred up the side of their neck, into their temple (known as a tension headache).

Due to this unique phenomenon of referred pain, trigger points can sometimes mimic other conditions including sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and many others.

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