Neuromuscular therapy is also called trigger point myotherapy, consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. The massage therapy pressure is usually applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow. Once applied to a muscle spasm, the pressure should vary for ten to thirty seconds.
Various Research on Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Neuromuscular therapy is viewed as a scientific approach to muscular pain relief that seeks to balance the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. To enhance the function of joints, muscles, movement and release endorphin.
Sharkey (28: 1-43) states that the pressure applied using neuromuscular methods are aimed at ridding the system of points of irriability, relieving compression of nerves by surrounding body structures, correcting postural distortions that have resulted in the underdevelopment of supporting muscles that led to weakness, and ensuring that adequate nutrition gets to the cells.
Further, Sharkey (28: 11-43) reports that NMT is often used to release tension and any associated pain that arises from stress. These include back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, golfers/tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, almost any sports-related injury, repetitive strain injuries, carpel tunnel syndorme, bad posture, cramps, and strains. The method holds that six physiological factors that are responsible for the creation and/or intensification of pain and that manipulation of these six factors can also lead to the recovery of pain.
The Neuromuscular Therapy Center (NTC, 29: 1-2) defines Neruomuscular therapy as a specific type of massage therapy, and flexibility stretching that assists with recovery from chronic pain syndromes. The NTC (29:1) states that Neuromuscular therapy is meant to work with other therapies for chronic pain sufferers.