Neuromuscular Massage Therapy


Neuromuscular Massage Therapy has been defined as the utilization of applied pressure on specific myofascial points of the body to reduce pain and excessive stress levels.  Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT) is designed to manipulate or sooth the soft tissues surrounding painful muscles, tendons and connective tissues there-by balancing the central nervous system. As a modern, approved method in the alleviation of mild to chronic pain and elevated stress levels, Neuromuscular Massage Therapy focuses on pain “trigger points” such as spinal nerve compression and associated problems stemming from many sources including repetitive movement injuries, excessive stress levels from place of employment to family crisis.

Symptoms of a Neuromuscular Disorder

Neuromuscular disorders often affect many parts of the body. Often noticed as a gradual tightening or stiffening of the muscles, typically in the lower back, Neuromuscular disorders may also induce other health issues including chronic headaches and dental complications.  Left un- treated, Neuromuscular disorders often lead to other serious health conditions including tissue and organ permanent failure. Often referred to as “lifestyle induced” symptoms of Neuromuscular Disorders are often preventable with adjustments to individual lifestyles and habits and improvement to ergonomic factors in the places of employment.

How Neuromuscular Massage Therapy Works

Administered by a trained massage therapist specializing in physiology and kinesiology of the nervous system, Neuromuscular Massage Therapy is application of applied pressure on “trigger points’ for up to thirty (30) seconds or more on the affected areas. Often diagnosed by a licensed physician as myofascial pain (muscle spasms) without additional medical treatments available,   the principles of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy include:

•    Adhesions- body structures become glued together.
•    Hyper tonicity- Excessive tension in the muscles.
•    Ischemia- Restriction of blood flow.
•    Joint Fixation- Tight joints.
•    Nerve Compression- Bones or cartilages pressing on nerves.
•    Nerve Entrapment- Shifting of nerves to precarious positions.
•    Postural Distortion- Misalignment in gravity of the body.
•    Trigger Points- Points of high electrical activity with transmission throughout the body.

Alleviation of pain is a result of neutralization of spasm pressure and the restoration of blood flow to the affected area of the body. Depending on the degree of individual discomfort, Neuromuscular Massage Therapy may immediately alleviate pain with no further treatments required, however may often require additional treatments on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis.

Benefits of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy

Beyond the alleviation of mild to chronic pain from work related injuries, automobile accidents or normal aging process, the benefits of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy are far-reaching with long lasting effects for personal well-being:

•    Eases body tension.
•    Reconnecting individuals to their body with stress coping measures.
•    Brings attention to mental and physical needs.
•    Promotes wellness with enhancement of self-image.
•    Prevents possible illness and other physical ailments.
•    Promotes inner peace with restoration of self-worth.

Approved by the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association and the University of Maryland Medical Center in recent clinical studies, Neuromuscular Massage Therapy is the restoration and preservation of life without pain, opening possibilities never before thought imaginable. Contact Preferred Spine and Rehab today to set up a massage session with one of our licensed massage therapists. We provide Neuromuscular Massage Therapy for residents of Fairview Heights, Swansea, O'Fallon, Belleville, Shiloh, Collinsville, and the surrounding Illinois communities.