Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is an intense form of bodywork that consists of focused, concentrated massage on one specific area of the body. NMT is designed to alleviate tension that extends from a "trigger point" into an entire muscle. When a muscle (or trigger point) spasms in the body, blood flow and oxygen to that area is severely decreased causing compensation of other muscles leading to pain.
Neuromuscular Therapy is a highly effective approach to sport related injuries, scar tissue, TMJD, headaches, rotator cuff injuries, repetitive use injuries, muscle strength, neuropathy, nerve entrapment, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, whiplash, pain in the neck, back, hip, knee and foot, and to improve limited range of motion.
NMT works well by itself, but its effectiveness is enhanced in unison with treatments such as chiropractic, physical therapy and traditional massage therapy.
Muscle Energy Techniques/ NeuroKinetic Therapy
Muscle Energy Techniques/Muscle Balancing are vital components to injury prevention. When you maintain balanced muscles, you have better body symmetry thus better posture. Our daily routines can cause muscle imbalance. Activities of daily living oftentimes cause pain due to muscle imbalances even though we are not aware of what is taking place.
Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), a form of muscle balancing, is a series of muscle tests specially designed to uncover and resolve compensation patterns in the body. After a compensation pattern has been revealed, soft tissue manipulation in any form can be used to relieve the overworked muscle then strengthening exercises are applied to the weakened muscle. NKT can reprogram and correct these dysfunctional movement patterns quickly and effectively.
You will be taught to understand the causes of dysfunctional movement so you can use equipment and stretching/strengthening exercises in a more effective way. understanding how the body moves and works as a connected system, helps towards injury prevention and targeted muscle growth.
The major muscle groups work in pairs and those muscle pairs need to be balanced in terms of strength and flexibility. For example, we bend our elbow by using the biceps muscle. It's pair is the tricep muscle.The tricep muscle must be willing to stretch for the bicep muscle to contract and bend the elbow fully. If a muscle group is unbalanced, one muscle is over compensating resulting in pain, nerve entrapment, weakness, or restricted range of motion.
When muscle imbalances result, you need to stretch the muscle that is ‘too strong’ (overworked compensating muscle) and strengthen the muscle that is’ too weak’ ( underworking 'shut off' muscle).
**For most, it is suggested to receive at least three treatments to chart the progression of your pain relief or complaint. Most of the time, a positive change in the tissue and in your range of motion will be noticed after the first session**
MPS Scar Release
In acupuncture, when needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points they stimulate peripheral nerves, sending messages to our brain telling it to release endorphins. When these endorphins are released, they then block pain pathways to the brain. Low frequency microcurrent has been documented in scientific studies as being able to reproduce the endorphin release response found in traditional acupuncture needling. The Dolphin Neurostim was designed to duplicate the effects of acupuncture needling, but instead of needles, it uses this non-invasive low frequency microcurrent stimulation.
To learn more: https://www.dolphinotc.com/the-dolphin-neurostim-and-endorphin-release/
Cupping therapy is a complementary therapy that involves placing cups on the skin in a way that creates suction.This gentle pressure is believed to help mobilize blood flow and free up energy blockage which may result in increased range of motion and tissue pliablilty. This technique is included in a Clinical Therapy Session if necessary and can be an add-on to a Therapeutic Massage for $10