Neuromuscular Medical Massage
This is not the kind of massage that people often go to for relaxation during the session. While it can be very relaxing at times, a neuromuscular massage is not intended for recreational relaxation massage. It's intention is to help your body feel better after you get up from the massage table. If a patient client has had a bad shoulder or a muscular injury that has lasted for too long, if traditional massage helps but never really makes it go away...those are the kinds of reasons why you would seek a neuromuscular massage.
Other reasons why people seek the neuromuscular massage is for pain relief:
- bulging or herniated discs in the neck or back
- low back pain
- scar tissue build up
- migraines or severe headaches
- recovery from torn, strained or pulled muscles
- overall sensation that the tightness never goes away
- muscular correction from scoliosis
- sciatica & other nerve pains
- preparation and recovery from big sporting events, such as marathons, foot ball games, tennis, golf, body building competitions and Iron Man competitions.
- insomnia & depression
- knee problems (especially scar tissue built up around knee replacements)
- overall body flexibility
SO HOW DO WE DESCRIBE NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE?
The two terms – therapy and massage – are interchangeable and refer to the same practice, which has been used for several hundred years. Neuromuscular massage is an intense form of bodywork that consists of focused, concentrated massage on one specific area of the body. The pressure may continue for a period of up to thirty seconds at a time, and is designed to alleviate tension that extends from a “trigger point” into an entire muscle.
The theory behind neuromuscular massage is that when a muscle spasms – due to one of any number of stimuli – it is not caused by a spasm in the entire muscle, but by a spasm in a very centralized area of the muscle, which may then reverberate to other areas of the muscle, causing pain. Neuromuscular massage works to relieve the specific area causing the pain.
This unique type of massage is very specific and is a different experience than the Swedish Relaxation Therapies.
We currently have two massage therapists who will help you with this kind of treatment, Amy Cruz and Michael Johnson. Both are well trained and licensed therapists who love to help people manage and overcome their pain. You will find that Amy has a gentler touch than Michael, but she is a more experienced therapist (15 years of experience) and can certainly teach classes on neuromuscular work. Michael has less experience, being a therapist only for 7 years, but has a huge success rate with clients in severe pain, and even some who were scheduled for surgeries decided to cancel because Michael helped fix the issue without the surgery.
Both of these therapists stay very busy, but if you have a chronic pain problem they want you to contact the company and set up an appointment with them. They are here with Artists in Motion because they have accepted that people hurt who are not meant to hurt, but don't know what to do about it...those are the kinds of people that Amy and Michael hope to find and help. Please try to be flexible with your schedule and contact us as soon as possible so we can find a place on their schedule for you.