While it is very much easier to just say, “NMT,” the definition of this term is readily found in its full length form. ‘Neur’ refers to the nerves of the body; ‘o’ joins that with ‘muscular’ which is quite obviously about the muscles. What may not be obvious to all is the deep connection between the nerves and the muscles. Just as a lamp requires an electrical cord plugged into an active outlet in order to perform its function, a muscle requires the electrical stimulation of a nerve that carries a signal from the brain telling the muscle when to do its job. This neuromuscular connection is deep within the muscle fibers where the nerve fibers make contact.
Myofascial Release is an important technique the massage therapist can use to have a positive effect on tissues that experience the stresses and strains of daily living. Most often very little, if any, lotion is used in this work. The idea is to locate areas of overly-tight fascia, partly revealed in the pre-treatment assessment and partly in the palpation work. Once the therapist has a plan of how they intend to apply Myofascial Release, they position themselves to achieve greatest effect.
After over 27 years of dealing with TMJ Disorder, first in myself, and then as a therapist with a lot of insight into the issue, I offer TMJ Disorder therapy for those who suffer from these symptoms. And it is looking to resolve the causes that is the focus of the work that I do. There are many people who have come to me for their TMJ therapy and, after achieving what so many of them have called a “cure,” they have continued working with me on their next most serious issue. Please know that it is their assessment of their own bodies and pain levels that have brought them to say this; I do not claim to “cure” TMJ disorder; that is their word choice.