Neuromuscular techniques (NMT) can be grouped together with Positional Release techniques (PRT) and Muscle Energy techniques (MET), all of which are well regarded and established manual therapy techniques. NMT use both mechanical (direct) and indirect reflexive (indirect) effects to positively influence the state of damaged tissues via the activation of specific neurological responses. By activating the nerve pathways associated with a problematic tissue, the client often experiences immediate pain relief and the tissue healing process is accelerated. NMT are also used to correct postural dysfunction and forms an important part of a holistic therapy approach to treat a wide variety of conditions.
NMT is used to successful treat the following conditions:
- Trigger Points: Highly irritated areas in muscles which refer pain to other parts of the body
- Nerve Compression or Impingement: Pressure on a nerve caused by soft tissue, cartilage or bone
- Ischemia: Lack of blood supply to soft tissues which causes hypersensitivity to touch
- Postural Dysfunction: Imbalance of the muscular system resulting from the movement of the body off the longitudinal and horizontal planes
- Bio-mechanical Dysfunction: Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in dysfuntional movement patterns (i.e., poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing of tennis stroke, computer keyboarding)