Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What is the Neuromuscular Therapeutic Massage?

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) was made popular by Paul St. John and it is a massage modality that focuses on the treatment of trigger points. They are called trigger points because they refer pain to another part of the body.

Trigger points are painful points located within taut bands of muscle, hypertonicity, and are treated primarily with the application of sustained, usually static pressure. Sometimes this is referred to as ischemic pressure and can vary from very light to heavy depending on the stage of development of the trigger point.

Through the softening of trigger points, NMT aims to reduce chronic pain, increase range of motion, and correct postural distortions. -- Source:

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