Neuromuscular Therapy – Five Things to Know About Neuromuscular Therapy
The nerves are the basic functioning points in the nervous system and they are responsible for sending communicative impulses or waves to the muscles and tendons of the body that help in movement, thought and function. These impulses travel from our brain to the desired part of the body that we want to move such as the hand or leg and travel at the speed of one millionth of a second. Without the proper functioning of these nerves in our body, our muscles and tendons wouldn’t receive the appropriate signals to move or bend, resulting in paralysis.
Definition of NMT
Neuromuscular therapy is the process of using static pressure on specific points on the body called myofascial points to help relieve discomfort, pain and swelling. It is a massage technique or therapy that focuses on the three main body parts that influence movement in the body – the muscles (bundles or bands of fibrous tissue in the body that contract and help the body to move or maintain position), the tendons (flexible, inelastic cords of strong and fibrous tissue made of collagen that attach muscles to bones) and connective tissue (tissue that supports, binds, connects other organs and tissues, and includes cartilage and elastic and fatty tissues). By focusing on these three main parts of the bodily movement, NMT helps to create a balance in the central nervous system of the body.
Five important things you need to know about Neuromuscular therapy (NMT)
Here are five important things to know about Neuromuscular therapy:
NMT or neuromuscular therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on the healing of the skeletal and muscular systems of the body through the nervous system.
NMT can be performed only by a specially trained therapist who is thoroughly educated in the working and physiology of the central nervous system and its effect on the working of the skeletal and muscular systems of the body.
NMT has successfully treated and eliminated common pains such as back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, knee, hip and joint pain, rotator cuff and sports injuries, tendonitis, cramps, spasms, strains, osteoarthritis, bad posture, thoracic outlet syndrome and many other injuries and conditions.
Stress, distorted posturing, trauma, and injury can disrupt and cause an imbalance in the proper working of the nerves that may cause them to transmit impulses or signals to the muscles, tendons, and connective tissue too fast or too slowly. This can result in distorting equilibrium in the body and can make the body easily susceptible to injury, pain, and dysfunction.
NMT is, therefore, important and required to stabilise and maintain the levels of neurological activity in the body in order to maintain the normal and healthy functioning of the human body.
NMT addresses the five main elements of the nervous system that are responsible for causing pain – ischemia, trigger points, nerve compression, postural distortion, and biomechanical dysfunction. These are also known as the five main principles of NMT.