CHARLOTTE – What is neuromuscular (also called NMT) massage and how can you benefit from it? First, let’s break down the name: Neuro meaning nerve-related, and muscular meaning muscles. According to WEBMD, the definition is: NMT is a form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically-oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.
When I was in school, I wasn’t crazy about learning NMT. My instructor at the time told our class, “Whatever part of massage that you dislike at this point, will probably turn out to be the majority of your business.” Well, he was right. And I love, love, love my neuromuscular therapy clients.
NMT can be done with very limited use of oils or lotions, and generally speaking, it’s not the most relaxing or comfortable massage to receive. I would say the work is in a more concentrated area, with more attention to detail. Because it can be somewhat uncomfortable, I like to incorporate it in with other massage modalities whenever possible. It’s definitely precise and direct.
Is NMT for you? Do you have an injury, either old or recent? Limited range of motion? Do you have nerve-related issues (for example, sciatica)? Bring your questions up to your therapist. Your therapist can guide you in deciding if neuromuscular therapy is right for you.