“Neuromuscular massage therapy, also called myofascial trigger point therapy, is a touch therapy that focuses on sensitive points in your muscles called trigger points. According to MayoClinic.com, “sensitive areas of tight muscle fibers can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse,” which can cause muscle and joint stiffness and deep, aching muscle pain.
The physical benefits of neuromuscular massage therapy include restoring muscle strength, increasing flexibility and relieving pain, cites AltMD.com. There is not enough scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of neuromuscular massage on specific health conditions. Consult with your physician before having a neuromuscular massage.
Restore Muscle Strength
Over time, reduced use of a muscle leads to muscle weakness. AltMD.com indicates that “trigger points prevent muscles from contracting correctly, making them seem weak,” and adds that “by clearing our trigger points, we can return the full ability of our muscles to provide strength, balance and faster recovery from exercise.” Increasing muscle strength with neuromuscular massage has not been scientifically proven. Check with your health care provider if you experience unexplained muscle weakness.
In neuromuscular massage theory, trigger points are muscle fibers locked in a constricted position which limit the range of motion and flexibility of your muscles and joints. According to AltMD.com, “when these particular cells are in spasm, there is limited blood flow through the area, leading to a build up of metabolic waste and a lack of fresh oxygen and nutrients.” During neuromuscular massage, the therapist aims to increase blood flow, release the trigger point and extend the muscle. There is not sufficient scientific data to conclude neuromuscular massage increases flexibility.
MayoClinic.com reports that “a trigger point in a muscle can cause pain and strain throughout the muscle.” Because a muscle constriction can pressure a nerve bundle, pain can be felt distant from the original location of the spasm. A massage therapist trained in neuromuscular therapy locates trigger points associated with muscle pain or numbness and applies concentrated pressure on that point to alleviate the tension. More studies are necessary to determine the effectiveness of neuromuscular massage for pain relief. See your doctor if you experience persistent pain.” ~ Source: Livestrong.com
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