AMTA
Rebecca May

Massage and Natural Therapies

Florissant, Mo

314-368-5743

Neuromuscular therapy is very specifically applied form of massage therapy. The Neuromuscular therapist pays attention to the body’s movement, discusses the clients description of pain patterns, history, and types of activities along with, and most importantly the assessment of the body during the massage and then begins treatment with a plan of application that follows, “…protocols that are taught in a step-by-step process. These time-tested, hands-on techniques are built upon a science-based foundation and guided by clinical evidence.” (nmtcenter.com) there is a consideration of all aspects that might be contributing to the presenting issue. For example a client presenting pain in the back of the neck would certainly call for addressing the front of the neck, all the muscles that attach from the shoulders and upper back into the neck, and the lower back since the healthy function of the entire spine is effected as a whole unit. Your Neuromuscular Therapist would be assessing factors that could be causing short or long term ongoing problems or anything that might be adding to the presenting issue. This could include pathologies, nutritional components, neurostimulants, neurotoxins, myofascial dysfunction, postural positioning, or anything that falls into the 3 general headings of dysfunction; biomechanical, biochemical and psychosocial factors. When all 3 of these areas are being considered and addressed synergistically the client often gains the greatest result. For this reason, and because your Neuromuscular therapist is looking for underlying issues that might be a warning of underlying pathologies, occasionally as a precaution, will ask you to get checked out by your General practitioner or Chiropractor to ensure that Massage is the best course of action for you. Your health and happiness is the main goal of a good Massage Therapist even if that means asking you to utilize a different form of Therapy. NMT is utilized by many practices to include Physical Therapy, Mainstream medicine, Chiropractors, and multidisciplinary clinics worldwide. See below information as described by NMTcenter.com NMT assessments and examinations primarily address: -ischemia (tight tissue with reduced blood flow) -myofascial trigger points (hypersensitive points within muscles that give rise to referred phenomena, including pain) -neural entrapment (pressure on nerves by muscles and other soft tissues), and nerve compression (pressure on nerves by osseous and other bonelike tissues, such as cartilage or  discs). -postural assessment (assessment of the position of the body as a whole) and dysfunctional gait patterns (manner of movement when walking) -with constant consideration for many other perpetuating factors, such as hydration, nutrition, breathing patterns, and psychologic stress. NMT is highly effective for clients who present with chronic pain and is often successful in reducing or eliminating even longstanding painful conditions. Some of the techniques can also be applied to acute injuries and for post-surgical care; many help to improve performance in sport or dance and to prevent injuries due to these activities.For example a client presenting pain in the back of the neck would certainly call for addressing the front of the neck, all the muscles that attach from the shoulders and upper back into the neck, and the lower back since the healthy function of the entire spine is effected as a whole unit. Your Neuromuscular Therapist would be assessing factors that could be causing short or long term ongoing problems or anything that might be adding to the presenting issue. This could include pathologies, nutritional components, neurostimulants, neurotoxins, myofascial dysfunction, postural positioning, or anything that falls into the 3 general headings of dysfunction; biomechanical, biochemical and psychosocial factors. When all 3 of these areas are being considered and addressed synergistically the client often gains the greatest result. For this reason, and because your Neuromuscular therapist is looking for underlying issues that might be a warning of underlying pathologies, occasionally as a precaution, will ask you to get checked out by your General practitioner or Chiropractor to ensure that Massage is the best course of action for you. Your health and happiness is the main goal of a good Massage Therapist even if that means asking you to utilize a different form of Therapy. NMT is utilized by many practices to include Physical Therapy, Mainstream medicine, Chiropractors, and multidisciplinary clinics worldwide. See below information as described by NMTcenter.com NMT assessments and examinations primarily address: -ischemia (tight tissue with reduced blood flow) -myofascial trigger points (hypersensitive points within muscles that give rise to referred phenomena, including pain) -neural entrapment (pressure on nerves by muscles and other soft tissues), and nerve compression (pressure on nerves by osseous and other bonelike tissues, such as cartilage or  discs). -postural assessment (assessment of the position of the body as a whole) and dysfunctional gait patterns (manner of movement when walking) -with constant consideration for many other perpetuating factors, such as hydration, nutrition, breathing patterns, and psychologic stress. NMT is highly effective for clients who present with chronic pain and is often successful in reducing or eliminating even longstanding painful conditions. Some of the techniques can also be applied to acute injuries and for post-surgical care; many help to improve performance in sport or dance and to prevent injuries due to these activities.

Neuromuscular Therapy