From many years, neuromuscular therapies have gained recognition for curing, assessing, treating, preventing soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. Neuromuscular therapies also known as NMT is a specialized form of manual therapy. The person who is well trained in physiology of the nervous system, kinesiology and biomechanics can practice this NMT therapy. It is a special form of therapy that enhances the function of joints balance the musculoskeletal system. The actual definition of NMT is utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. It is the most effective type of massage therapy for lower back pain.

What it targets
NMT improves the functioning of joints, muscles and your range of movement. Thanks to the release of your body’s natural painkillers i.e endorphins. But it’s not just about muscular pain, NMT is successful in balancing your musculoskeletal system, often times eliminating chronic pain that’s caused due to an imbalance. It stresses on the key elements that cause chronic muscular pain – Trigger Points, Nerve Compression, Postural Distortion and Biochemical Dysfunction.

NMT variations
Various types of NMT focus on different parts of the neuromuscular system. Myofascial release is soft tissue therapy for treatment of reduced skeletal muscle movement and pain. Craniosacral therapy relieves pain and tension through gentle manipulations of the skull area. Trigger point release can rid knots, ease muscle tightness, induce what is known as the good pain. And there’s Positional release therapy and Ortho-Bionomy, again offering solutions for muscular and joint pain through various techniques.

Cranioscaral therapy
Craniosacral therapy involves manipulations around the skul

How it works
When there is dysfunction between two systems such as the neurological and musculoskeletal system of the human body, it disrupts the natural balance, leading to chronic pain. NMT balances both the systems. Today it is used in massage therapy, occupational and physical therapy, nursing, naturopathic, chiropractic, and osteopathic clinics worldwide.

How it helps runners
NMT is particularly helpful for long distance runners, triathletes, and other athletes as they rely on the same muscles over and over again. Same movement can cause pain, often coming from these trigger points. Neuromuscular therapies heal that pain and prevent future injuries by loosening the muscles and improving runner’s performance. It also retrains muscles, relaxing them.

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