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Neuromuscular Massage Therapy: What is it?

Among the many illness and conditions a person can be affected with, neuromuscular diseases are often the most frightening to people. Fortunately though, modern treatments and therapies have allowed countless people to live a higher quality of life with neuromuscular illness.

So what exactly is a neuromuscular disease? Basically, it’s a disease that involves the body’s nerves and muscles, and how they interact with the brain. There are many different neuromuscular diseases, from moderate to severe. Symptoms are wide-ranging, and can include anything from a chronic feeling of weakness in a certain part o the body to severe and sustained tremors.

Anyone who has been affected by neuromuscular disease – whether it’s yourself, a friend or a family member – knows just how frustrating it can be. The search for answers and affective treatments can be exhaustive.

But there is a therapeutic treatment that a lot of people don’t consider: Neuromuscular massage therapy. It certainly won’t cure a serious neuromuscular condition, but it can boost quality of life and help to minimize symptoms.

Let’s look at what neuromuscular therapy actually is. Essentially, it’s a type of deep tissue massage – but it’s distinct from ordinary deep tissue massage in a number of ways. In neuromuscular therapy, strained areas known as trigger points are worked on using specific types of pressure. These trigger points are often linked directly to painful or bothersome symptoms. By locating and working on those trigger points, symptoms can be relieved.

So what are these trigger points, specifically? When a neuromuscular disorder is present, certain areas of certain muscles can become hypersensitive, and the muscle tissue in those areas becomes tight and knotted. The problem makes itself worse over time, as the stiffness and pain prevent essential blood and nutrients from reaching that area of the muscle. Many different symptoms can result, but weakness and tiredness are the most common.

People with neuromuscular disorders also often experience something called ‘referred pain,’ where a trigger point causes symptoms in other parts of the body. Migraines, sciatica, and carpal tunnel are all examples that can help people understand what referred pain is.

Finding new treatment options

Depending on the disorder a person has been diagnosed with, the treatment plan will often include pharmaceutic drugs, Botox injections, and/or surgery. All of these treatments have their place, but it’s always a good idea to have natural, non-invasive treatment options in your toolbox as well.

It’s also important to remember that you don’t have to be diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder to benefit from this type of therapy. This type of trigger-point therapy can be used to help anyone who has muscular symptoms, pain, cramping, fasciitis, headaches, sciatica, and a long list of other symptoms. Just make sure you find a reputable clinic that specifically offers neuromuscular therapy, and has experienced staff who can perform this type of therapy to a very high standard.

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