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Neuromuscular Therapy

Massotherapy and Wellness Neuromuscular Therapy Ed Montgomery

What is Neuromuscular Therapy?

Neuromuscular therapy is a specialized form of deep tissue massage in which digital pressure and friction are used to release areas of strain in the muscle. These areas of strain are called tender or trigger points and are the cause of muscular pain symptoms.

What are Trigger Points?

Trigger points are areas of hypersensitivity in a muscle caused by overstrain. These are small areas of the muscle in which there is a contracture of muscular tissue (think of a tiny snag in a knit sweater). Blood and nutrients are lacking in that part of the muscle and therefore the muscle spindle is unable to relax. Trigger points cause pain, fatigue and weakness in the muscle. Trigger points also cause a phenomenon called referral pain.

What is Referral Pain?

Referral pain is caused by trigger points and is a phenomenon in which areas far from the trigger point suffer from sensations of pain, tingling, or numbness. Examples of referral pain include: sciatica like symptoms, carpal tunnel like symptoms, and headaches.

What is Neuromuscular Therapy used to treat?

Neuromuscular therapy is used to treat many different soft tissue problems. The following list is a small example of issues that may be helped by neuromuscular therapy:

Lower back pain, upper back pain, carpal tunnel like symptoms, sciatica like symptoms, hip pain, headaches, plantar fasciitis, calf cramps, tendonitis, knee pain, iliotibial band friction syndrome, jaw pain, tempo mandibular joint pain (TMJ disorders).

Who gets neuromuscular therapy?

Anyone with muscular pain! Soft tissue pain that feels like 'knots' in the muscle are very common, but can be treated by neuromuscular therapy. We all feel muscular pain in some shape or form and now we have something to do about it.

I’m also a Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) provider, which means that I’m legally permitted to work on injured workers in conjunction with chiropractors and other medical professionals to help facilitate rehabilitation with massotherapy.  I am able to work on clients and bill BWC for services rendered.

Like I said, this isn’t your typical relaxation or spa massage.  You may need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable-but you will see results.  I have direct experience with pain and a lack of function due to many low back disc herniations that I have suffered from during many years working my way up from laborer to cement finisher.  I lived and worked with pain for many years without any relief.   So I understand what happens to the body and have firsthand experience with repetitive strain injuries.  I have sustained injuries both from work and from working out/training.  I haven’t just gone to school or read a book to learn about these things; I’ve experienced the pain and trauma first hand.  I had to work through rehab after back surgery and have continued to push and strengthen myself physically and spiritually.  I am always seeking to obtain more knowledge about myself.  My focus is to relieve or reduce your pain to make you more functional, because let’s face it-it’s not likely that you’re going to stop working or slow down.  It’s my job to keep you operational. 

I have a diverse background that my help you in your journey.  To quote a colleague, “I stay hungry”, and I’m not much for staying in comfort zones; nobody that is really doing anything does.  And nothing really ever grows in the comfort zone anyway. From an Eagle Scout to excelling in the army, to a construction worker and business owner, to a martial artist and teacher, I am constantly on a pursuit for knowledge and for new ways to challenge myself.  I took a risk to go back to school and completely change career paths later in life, and I haven’t looked back since.

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