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.