What is neuromuscular therapy?

Neuromuscular therapy is a powerful modality of massage where the goal is to reeducate the way muscles contract. Developed in the 1930s by a Latvian born chiropractor and naturopath, neuromuscular therapy utilizes pressure, movement, and stretching to help normalize muscular tissues and reestablish healthier movement patterns.

 

A massage that includes neuromuscular therapy also includes an examination of the muscles and posture to determine potential dysfunction as a whole. It works to identify abnormal signs within muscles such as tissue congestion, nodules, trigger points, restrictions between the skin and underlying tissues, swelling, and postural deviations. Applying neuromuscular therapy helps to neutralize and normalize this tissues, allowing for increased movements within joints, more thorough contractions of muscles, and the best of all: decrease in pain.

 

What’s the biggest benefit of neuromuscular therapy?

Through the use of neuromuscular therapy, the body’s movement patterns can be reorganized so that the muscles contract more effectively. By using pressure and movements, neuro (as massage therapists like to call it for short) is one the the most effective forms of massage to alleviate tensions, expel knots, and have lasting effects while doing so.

 

What can I expect with neuromuscular therapy?

You can feel sore after most deeper types of bodywork, but it should feel more like a workout sore, not a you-got-hit-by-a-bus kind of sore, which is more manageable. The LMT will talk you through many of the techniques, which can include taking deep breaths, telling when the pressure is about a 6/7 out of 10 on a pain scale, doing a motion a few times, or having the LMT perform the motion for you. Applying pressure and adding motion to the area being worked does wonders for joint mobilization and muscular reeducation.

 

While each LMT at Under Pressure Therapeutics is trained in neuromuscular therapy, Eleanor Le Fevre, Torrance Lee, and Lauren Moore are quite adept at seamlessly incorporating it into their massages.

 

Call or text (970) 286-0033 or book online to schedule your next neuromuscular therapy treatment.