Neuromuscular, TrPt, PNF Therapies
Neuromuscular Therapy (similar yet different to deep tissue massage) addresses Trigger Points, TrPt, which are predictable and repeatable pain patterns caused by tiny knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured, overworked and/or unhealthy. TrPt usually send their pain to some other part of the body. This is the reason conventional treatment can fail. It's a mistake to assume that the problem is at the place that hurts! Travell and Simons' research has shown that TrPt are the primary cause of pain seventy-five percent of the time and are at least a part of nearly every pain problem. TrPt can cause headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.
There are times when muscles cause the same type pain and symptoms associated with clinical conditions, for example; Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpel Tunnel, Sciatica, Tennis Elbow, Headaches etc. There are also times when the muscle in pain is not the source of the pain. Knowing these muscle pain patterns is a central theme to NMT. NMT takes into account, Trigger Points as well as the origin, insertion, action & function of a muscle
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). NMT is a more specific touch than Deep Tissue. NMT can feel deep or light, the therapist can adjust the position of the muscle and the entry into the muscle to manipulate the feeling.
When dealing with clients not only do I consider NMT but overall muscle health, such as, hydration, nutrition, heat, ice, nervous system/stress, stretching and self-massage are all explored in an effort to elevate pains and achieve optimal sport and life goals.
I work with clients to elevate and manage pain. This includes attention by the client while not in the massage session. Most often, there is a perpetuating factor involved in serious discomfort. Causes can range from nutrition to sleep positions to shoes to daily activities to stress to previous injuries and to body dimensions. If you are willing to explore these issues, I am willing to help. It takes client and therapist to achieve!
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, is a manual resistance technique that works by simulating fundamental patterns of movement, such as swimming, throwing, running, or climbing. Methods used in PNF oppose motion in multiple planes concurrently. It is commonly used to treat a broad range of orthopedic conditions.