Neuromuscular Therapy

Also known as Trigger Point Therapy, this approach is a precise, specific treatment of acute and chronic pain (musculoskeletal injuries and stress related conditions).

Trigger points can be described as knots or lumps in the deep connective tissue of the muscles, bones and nerves. When the knot or trigger point is “released,” the musculoskeletal and nervous systems return to normal functioning.

Trigger points can be found in skeletal muscle, superficial or deep fascia, ligaments, skin, bone and subcutaneous tissue. They are localized, palpable spots of deep hypersensitivity from which noxious impulses bombard the Central Nervous System and give rise to referred pain (pain felt in a location far removed from it’s point of origin).

A trigger point can have a local twitch response when palpated, and is usually accompanied by a ropey band of connective tissue running along the direction of related muscle fiber. The affected mucle(s) can be weak and show restriction of movement.

Trigger points are activated by acute overload and excessive, repetitive or sustained contraction, direct trauma or overwork/fatigue. They may be activated indirectly by visceral disorders, arthritic joints and emotional distress.

Response to treatment can be immediate or, when the myofascial syndrome has been present for a long time (months or years) several treatments may be required. Treatments should be ideally spaced over 3-6 day intervals and continued until symptoms abate. Treatments are generally one hour long.