At Jacksonville Acupuncture Wellness, our Medical Massage Therapist is certified in Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), which is a specific set of treatment protocols that excels in assessing, treating and preventing soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. With a foothold planted in both holistic and traditional medicine, NMT has found its home, not only in the treatment rooms of massage therapy, but also in occupational and physical therapy, nursing, chiropractic, osteopathic and physical medicine clinics worldwide.
When working with a person in chronic pain, NMT practitioners address 6 factors:
- Ischemia – lack of blood flow to a particular area of the body. This can contribute to the formation of trigger points.
- Trigger Points – a local area within a muscle that refers pain, numbness, tingling or other sensations.
- Nerve compression by bony structures or nerve entrapment by soft tissues
- Postural dysfunctions – this can lead to imbalances within the muscular system, which contribute to chronic pain. Some muscles may become bunched/shortened while opposing muscles become overstretched/tense/fatigued. This leads to excess wear and tear on the muscular system and predisposes a person to injury. When muscles are in balance, they are at their proper resting length and can perform their job efficiently ensuring proper range of motion. In addition, when a person’s muscles are in balance, a person has good posture and appears more confident to the people around them.
- Nutritional factors – a person should eat a healthy balanced diet in order to maintain good health. Your muscles respond favorably to healthy foods just like the rest of your body. Too much caffeine can make your muscles tense, and too many refined processed foods will not deliver the proper nutrients your muscles need in order to stay healthy.
- Emotional wellbeing – It is well established that the degree of stress in a person’s life can affect his/her health. For example, chronic negative stress can cause tight neck and shoulders, which can lead to headaches. Also, people with low back pain commonly experience a worsening of their symptoms when negative stress in their life increases.