Neuromuscular Massage Therapy in Austin
Ever get a massage before? Feels pretty nice, doesn't it? It actually does more than make you "feel" good. The job of a massage therapist is to target specific areas on your body to help alleviate pain in those troubled areas. It may sound strange to people who have perfect bodies, but for the rest of us, it is therapeutic.
One type of massage therapy is Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT). Advanced Neuromuscular massage therapy combines many Deep Tissue techniques with the movement of myotherapy and ischemic pressure to help relieve symptoms of nerve compression, chronic pain, misalignment, and structural issues. Not only does this type of therapy apply to muscles, ligaments, and soft tissue, it is also applied to the nervous system. While Deep Tissue pressure can be adjusted to suit your comfort level, neuromuscular therapy uses ischemic compression, which is the long, steady application of heavy pressure to deprive the muscle of movement and force it into a state of release. This unique type of massage should only be performed by a therapist certified in neuromuscular massage therapy, such as our expert therapists here at Mantis Massage in Austin.
Using the NMT technique, deep pressure from the digits, also known as fingers, work to create friction. This friction releases the strained areas in your muscles. Those strained and tender areas are referred to as trigger points. Trigger points are the whole problem behind it all and can be treated. It's an extremely effective therapy, but requires commitment from both practitioner and client.
The way to tell if you could benefit from neuromuscular massage therapy is if your muscles ever feel like they have little knots inside of them. This can be in your upper or lower back, in your arms, down your legs, in your hips; basically anywhere there are muscles. Neuromuscular massage therapy patients also benefit in areas that are not directly worked on, like their stomachs due to connecting neurotransmitter pathways. One troubled area can cause problems elsewhere in the body- everything is connected so one area is suffering, other parts of the body will compensate for it, which leads to further tension. Studies show neuromuscular massage therapy to be an extremely effective source of pain relief and treatment.
A neuromuscular massage therapy session will tell your therapist if you have any tissue tightness. They also find those trigger points mentioned earlier, and are able to discover exactly what is pressing on your nervous system causing the problem. Therapists will take into account the overall positioning of your body as a whole, how you walk, your nutritional habits, the amounts of hydration you consume, and your breathing patterns. You will also be asked about stress in your life because though it is an emotional state, it does manifest physically in the body.
Drink plenty of water before and after your session. You can expect to experience some soreness in the days following your session--you did get beat up, after all-- that gives way to a feeling of space and length throughout the body.
It may seem like a lot of information to give just to get a massage, but this is more than a typical massage. This is a treatment plan specifically designed for your needs. Every piece of information on the list above tells your Neuromuscular Massage Therapist more about what's going on inside of you, therefore helping them determine the most effective treatment plan for you. Schedule your Neuromuscular massage therapy session today at one of our Austin locations!