Neuromuscular Therapy & Trigger Points
In order to know what Neuromuscular Therapy is, you must first become acquainted with the trigger point.
What is a trigger point?
A trigger point is essentially an adhesion or knot within the muscle tissue or the connective tissue surrounding the muscle.
These adhesions can compress nerves and cause sensations (pain, numbness, tingling, burning) to radiate around the area of the trigger point or travel to areas of the body far from the actual location of the trigger point. These are called a referral sensations.
For instance, you could have a headache that is caused by a trigger point in your neck (as shown in the picture); or a pain in your leg caused by a trigger point in your low back or hips.
What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
The procedure for eliminating trigger points, and the referral sensation that accompanies them, is known as Neuromuscular Therapy. When the neuromuscular therapist finds a trigger point, firm pressure is applied to the area in intervals until the referral sensation is gone. Referral sensations are often amplified when pressure is applied to the trigger point but begin to diminish after a short period of time.
By receiving Neuromuscular Therapy you will be able to see lasting results, because its purpose is to treat the source of the problem instead of the symptom.
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