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.
Emotional Stress Can Cause Tense Muscles
Because the brain coordinates the nervous system throughout the body, it gets constant readings regarding one’s physical, mental, emotional, psychological and some may even say, spiritual conditions. Each of these elements has an impact on the nerves which in turn impact bodily structures and functions, including the muscles. For example, physical overuse of muscles results in fatigue and symptoms of muscle strain; emotional stress results in tense muscles, etc. The neuromuscular system is affected by each of these elements. That’s why Neuromuscular Therapy is so useful and versatile in the massage profession.
Neuromuscular Therapy generally consists of the therapist gaining an understanding of their client’s concerns, doing an assessment to ‘see’ what the body has to show of its issues, and then, addressing the problem(s). There are typical approaches to the application of Neuromuscular Therapy and there are exceptions for the atypical client.
After the muscle tissues are warmed up during a palpation exam, the therapist will soften and loosen the tendinous attachments of the related muscles on the bones while ‘looking’ for the source of the problem. Feedback is always asked for and Neuromuscular Therapy is most effective when it is offered by the client. Discomfort can be counter-productive if extreme. Then, the main bodies of the related muscles are also explored for spasms, trigger points and displaced fascia; some or all of these may become apparent and be addressed. Generally, a smoothing over the worked-on areas, to ‘make nice,’ finishes the Neuromuscular Therapy session.
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