Neuromuscular / Trigger Point (Therapeutic)

Therapist: Erica Boulangee

Neuromuscular/Trigger Point (Therapeutic) is an intense form of bodywork that consists of focused, concentrated massage on one specific area of the body. The pressure may continue for a period of up to thirty seconds at a time, and is designed to alleviate tension that extends from a “trigger point” into an entire muscle. The theory behind Neuromuscular massage is that when a muscle spasms – due to one of any number of stimuli – it is not caused by a spasm in the entire muscle, but by a spasm in a very centralized area of the muscle, which may then reverberate to other areas of the muscle, causing pain.

This small area is called a trigger point because it is the area that “triggers” pain in another area of the muscle, sometimes called referring or transferring. When a muscle (or trigger point) spasms in the body, blood flow to that area is severely decreased, sometimes ceasing altogether. When the blood flow to that area is severely decreased, sometimes ceasing altogether. When the blood flow is diminished, oxygen necessary for the muscle to work properly is also decreased, causing a buildup of lactic and carbonic acid. This causes a sensation similar to the one felt after a long workout – muscle soreness.

Conditions I treat using this modality are: Whiplash, Headaches, Neck Spasms, TMJ Dysfunction, Head and Facial pain, Postural Distortions, Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Pseudosciatica, Sacroiliac Joint pain, Iliopsoas dysfunction and Pelvic pain
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis & Injuries, Impingement Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder, Tendinosis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow, Pronator Teres Syndrome, Wrist and Hand pain.


Erica’s work on my neck has helped me tremendously. I have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome causing numbness & tingling down both arms. Her work eases those symptoms. Not to mention my increased range of motion in my cervical spine :).

Dr. Nancy Kimbrell, DC

My experience with Erica working on neck specific issues has been amazing. Her ability to release trigger points in the neck and head gives her the ability to work deeply and effectively. For my body her work allows other parts of my body to be available to receive her work more effectively. Her patience in connecting and opening every inch within such a relatively small area is astounding. I feel treating the neck is the pathway to being able to release other areas in the body.

Nancy Sarnoff

Erica’s neck work is amazing. She takes the time to meticulously work each tiny muscle in and around the neck. My posture felt better afterwards. I would recommend her neck massage to anyone with mild or severe neck pain, injuries or problems.

Estella Cockrall


I wanted to let you know that was the best deep tissue massage I have ever had! And I have had hundreds!

The work you did on my neck and occipital area and the right side of my face and neck has loosened a sinus infection thought to have been gone (by the doctors) but myself knowing it was not. It was so small they said I should not be feeling or having any discomfort and being a dry sinus infection (no real clog or mucus other than a 2 MM in size blip on the CAT SCAN) they just sent me on my way. This was approximately August of 2005 when we first moved in the house and I turned on the heat and something went up my nose. Then I went 2500 miles on a motorcycle packing it in worse for 2 weeks. I have had “something” stuck in that area of my nose since then AND YOU opened it up and I have had a major release and draining of that infection now since about 4 PM on massage day to this email. I have been blowing out all of that infection now for over 24 hours and I am feeling SO much better, I cannot tell you! It is unreal!


I just wanted you to know how beneficial that treatment was! And how good it has done me.

I can’t wait until the next one!

Thanks again!