Thermodynamics: Neuromuscular Therapy

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Neuromuscular Therapy is founded on the study of human physiology, client assessment and a detailed understanding of kinesiology and body mechanics. Its global popularity has everything to do with a practitioner's ability to assess a patient's pain pattern and effectively treat. A detailed soft tissue assessment using regionally oriented protocols and the use of hands on techniques that have been used and proven over the last 50 years.

Neuromuscular therapy addresses ischemia or reduced blood flow to the skeletal muscle tissue due to taut bands of muscle cells. NMT focuses on hypersensitive points within the taught bands of skeletal muscle cells, which often gives rise to a referral sensation phenomena that may include pain. These hypersensitive points have been called noxious nodes in the past and are currently known as myofascial trigger points or simply trigger points.

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In addition to postural assessment an NMT practitioner will perform a gait assessment. They look for any myofascial dysfunctions in gait while the individual is walking toward them and away from them.

In addition to postural assessment and gait assessment an NMT practitioner will utilize a wellness questionnaire that will discuss such issues as hydration, nutrition, breathing patterns and stress. Neuromuscular therapy is an intense form of bodywork designed to alleviate tension that extends from a 'trigger point' into an entire muscle using intense, concentrated pressure on that area. When a muscle (or trigger point) spasms in the body, blood flow to that area is severely decreased, sometimes ceasing altogether. When the blood flow is diminished, oxygen necessary for the muscle to work properly is also decreased causing inflammation, soreness and

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