Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) / Physical Therapy is a specialised form of manual therapy which addresses both the nervous system (the pain generator) and the muscular system together, through the integration of hands-on soft tissue treatment and osteopathic techniques. Practitioners of Neuromuscular Therapy have studied topics such as anatomy, physiology and pathology, myokinetic chains and links, postural assessment and range of motion testing, nutrition and development of skills and knowledge relating to understanding the etiology, formation and treatment of myofascial trigger points.
Your therapist is competent to administer Physical Therapy including appropriate soft tissue manipulation of dysfunctional muscle tissue and rehabilitate minor soft tissue injuries in the context of Neuromuscular Therapy.
This includes a wide range of soft tissue manipulative techniques including soft tissue release (STR), muscle energy techniques (MET), pre, inter and post event sports massage, positional release (PRT), strain-counterstrain (SCS), mechanotherapy, cryotherapy and mobilisation techniques.
Trigger Point Therapy is a focus of Neuromuscular Therapy treating “muscle knots”, or myofascial trigger points. In essence, a trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.