An Athlete’s Chronic Pain
Nick James is a well known snowboarder in Winter Park, Colorado. He thinks nothing of throwing himself off a jump that launches him three stories off the ground. But there is one spot along his shoulder blade that has plagued him since a snowboarding injury several years ago. It sometimes keeps him from using his arm, or from spinning the last 180 degrees of his 900 degree spins.
However, after a 30-minute session of neuromuscular therapy (NMT), he felt instant relief. With some self-healing techniques and some follow-up NMT sessions, he knows how to quickly relieve his pain and over time, eliminate it.
What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
Neuromuscular therapy is a branch of massage therapy. It involves the therapist applying static pressure to a specific area of muscle. This area often contains a “trigger point” that refers pain to another area of the body when touched, and is often responsible for chronic bodily pain.
NMT is based on several physiological laws that explain how the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) receives and transmits pain. By understanding these laws, treating trigger points, increasing blood flow to constricted muscles, and encouraging proper structural alignment, NMT can balance the nervous and muscular systems and reduce pain.