What is Neuromuscular Therapy?
Neuromuscular therapy is a type of bodywork that reduces chronic pain and normalizes body posture by loosening targeted muscles and connective tissue.
First, the therapist consults with the client to get an understanding of their symptoms and concerns. Then the client’s presenting posture is observed. With an understanding of muscle function, it is possible to determine which muscles, muscle groups, and connective tissue areas act on the skeletal structure to move it out of position. We call these misalignments postural distortion.
When posture is distorted, joints deteriorate prematurely, nerves become compressed, trigger points form, and circulation is impaired. Tissues are deprived of vital nutrients. Chronic pain often results. It’s not unusual for the painful areas to be distant from key portions of the causal pattern. This is because compensation for key misalignments is frequently what gets the body in trouble.
What kind of trouble? Well, if you experience any of these symptoms, then you may wish to consider trying neuromuscular therapy:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Headaches including migraines
- Shoulder pain
- Hip pain
- Musculoskeletal symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome
- Excessive wear and tear of the joints (loss of joint space at the hips or shoulders; degeneration of the inter-vertebral discs)
- Lower back pain and stiffness when arising from a seated position
- Nerve compression syndromes (sciatica; brachial plexus compression which can mimic or exacerbate carpal tunnel syndrome; numbness and tingling in the arms and legs from bulging inter-vertebral discs)
- Exacerbation of postural distortion patterns (head-forward posture; tilted shoulders or hips; problems with the normal spinal curve such as kyphosis, excessive lordosis, insufficient spinal curve, scoliosis)
- Joint compression that may precede the formation of osteoarthritis
- Fatigue or loss of energy due to the physiological demands of too much muscular tension
- Dizziness and vertigo
- And more!
A neuromuscular therapist develops an individualized strategy to restore the client’s healthy posture and reduce pain. Overly tightened tissues are relaxed through the use of specifically applied manual therapy. Symptoms may be relieved before the postural distortion is resolved. In this case, the therapist is likely to recommend further treatment, though possibly on a less frequent treatment schedule, to further address the underlying postural distortion.
The client’s participation is frequently integral to the success of a neuromuscular therapy treatment program. Depending on the situation, certain stretches may be recommended, the client will be encouraged to increase awareness of daily movement habits, and ergonomic assessment of a workplace may be beneficial. Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis and/or the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® health coaching program may be extremely beneficial in identifying underlying nutritional and lifestyle factors that may contribute to the condition.
Neuromuscular therapy owes its success to the resolution of compensating factors, often distant from the site of the client’s presenting symptoms. Wellness Images’ model also seeks to identify and address multiple perpetuating factors.
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Neuromuscular therapy fee schedule
Neuromuscular Therapy Initial Visit ………………….. $90
Continuing visits ……………………………………….. $85
Seniors age 65 and over ……………………………… $75
- Based on a one hour sesson
- We accept cash, checks (payable to “Wellness Images”), MasterCard and Visa. Credit card payments processed online via secure server.
- Please pay for neuromuscular therapy services when they are performed unless you have made other arrangements in advance.
- Please allow flexibility in your schedule in case we need a few more minutes for your session, especially on the first visit. You’ll normally be here about an hour and fifteen minutes.
- We appreciate 48 hours notice if you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment. Cancellation fees will apply for missed appointments.
Effective December 1, 2014