A Brief Insight Into Neuromuscular Massage

We must have gone through the words “neuromuscular massage” when searching information about massage therapy to release our muscular pain. Simply, massage means the practice of pressing and squeezing the muscles of our body with specific techniques in order to get rid of muscular tensions.

Neuromuscular massage is the kind of massage therapy in which massaging is done on one particular area rather than on the whole body. The idea behind neuromuscular massage is that sometimes, different muscles in our body ache and the reason behind that may be one specific muscle rather than all the muscles of our body. Hence, this massage applies massaging on a specific area of the body.

Many times, when a muscle spasm occurs, the entire muscle cannot be blamed for that because it is caused by the spasm in a central area of the muscle. This central area is called the “trigger point” because the pain that point triggers pain in the entire muscle. In neuromuscular massage, although massaging is done on one specific area, intense pressure is applied to that area. Many types of bodywork are applied to that area by focusing solely on it. This pressure can remain up to 30 seconds that alleviates the pain in the entire muscle caused by that one trigger point.

Trigger point is simply that area which can easily get tightened due to lack of exercise and less movements. It causes different knots to form on these muscles because of which these muscles demand more blood than the body can supply. Also, the available blood may not reach the trigger points due to the knots formed. Inadequate blood supply causes inadequate amount of oxygen which ultimately causes muscle soreness. Neuromuscular massage focuses massaging on these points to alleviate the muscular pain. Normally, muscles of leg, neck, etc. develop knots which we need to loosen by getting massage therapy.

The therapist giving neuromuscular massage is trained on finding the trigger points associated with a muscle. S/he then applies intense pressure on that area with the help of his hands, elbows, or a t-bar. Before giving neuromuscular massage, the neuromuscular therapist warm of the muscles’ tissues with traditional massaging.

Some patients are relieved from their pain in just one session of the massage therapy. Others, however, do not even seem some changes in many sessions. You may be wondering how a simple massage can remove the pain of an entire muscle. When intense pressure is applied to the trigger point, the knots get loosened. This release of the knots allows blood to easily pass to the muscle. Amount of oxygen in the system increases and eliminates the problem of muscle spasm.

Besides, neuromuscular massage also has many other benefits such as increased energy and flexibility, wider range of motion, and balanced posture. Because of all these benefits, neuromuscular massage is not only useful for patients with muscle-related problems, but others as well.