Neuromuscular Therapy

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Neuromuscular Therapy

NMT is designed to relieve pain by
balancing the central nervous system with the structure and form of the musculoskeletal system,
correcting the neuromuscular pain components of:

  • Ischemia � lack of blood flow

  • Nerve compression/entrapment

  • Postural distortion

  • Dysfunctional biomechanics
  • Myofascial trigger points

Myofascial trigger points are areas of hyper-irritability in a
tissue � muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia � which when compressed, are locally tender and, if
sufficiently hypersensitive, give rise to referred pain. Trigger points often refer
pain from one area of the body to another � muscle tissue or internal organs. For
example, trigger points located in some of the anterior muscles of the neck refer pain to the
head and jaw contributing to headaches and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction.

Trigger points initiate and maintain a vicious cycle of pain and immobility that
frequently gets worse over time. Pain reflexively elicits spasms which limit movement and set
the stage for more negative compensations, such as the formation of a type of scar tissue
(fibrotic adhesions) that also restrict the flow of blood (ischemia).

Therapists employ hand delivered modalities such as cross fiber and trigger point
techniques, along with neuromuscular re-education and a systematic reorganization of the
body’s myofascial connective tissue.

NMT practitioners receive advanced training and certifications through a series of
workshops and testing. The therapist is equipped with a full range of knowledge and precise
application skills needed to address the neurological and muscular components of pain. Whether
the problems are joint compressions of the neck or back, or tendinitis problems in the limbs,
Neuromuscular Therapy by a well-trained therapist, successfully resolves the soft-tissue
component of pain and dysfunction.

NMT specially addresses:

  • Cervical injuries

  • Pain mechanisms of the lower back

  • TMJ dysfunction

  • Shoulder Girdle Distortion

It also provides successful treatment in cases of:

  • Arthritis and bursitis

  • Low back, hip pain and Sciatica

  • Headaches (including migraines)

  • Tendinitis

  • Muscle tension or weakness

  • Stiff neck or shoulders

  • Athletic injuries

  • Knee problems

  • Joint inflexibility

  • Chronic or short-term stress and anxiety

  • Lowered vitality and fatigue

  • Poor posture

  • Limited range of motion for most joints

  • Sinus pain

  • Whiplash injuries

  • Shoulder injuries, pain, stiffness

  • Arm and head pain

  • Leg and foot pain

  • Abdominal spasms

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome


One of Ethan Cantor’s clients is a Denver Bronco. His shoulder was bothering him toward
the end of the season, hampering his ability to reach for the ball. The shoulder girdle was
worked quite thoroughly using specific stretch techniques as well as T-bars, the tools
of choice in neuromuscular work. Specific stretch is a technique in which stretching of
a muscle is created either actively or passively, creating the space to flex; tight muscles
reduce immobilization. As a result of his therapy, this player made some key plays defending
against big passes by reaching up and knocking the ball away.

Another Cantor client, a twelve-year-old gymnast, was assisted in her recovery from
hamstring problems using NMT and his specific stretch technique. He also helped an
eighty-year-old woman regain more flexibility in her hips allowing her to be more mobile.
Ethan has found that there isn’t anyone who can’t benefit from this type of bodywork � it has
even worked on clients’ dogs.

A client from Minnesota came to Ina Price and Rico Rosendo with a rotator cuff
problem. He was treated with Deep Tissue Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy which made him feel
much better. In addition, they used a specialized machine known as Therastim.® He left completely well.

Another Price-Rosendo client, with a 30-year history of sciatica pain, flew in from
California. A combination of Deep Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy and Therastim
treatment relieved her pain within three days. She has maintained her wellness for the last
two years.

Source: Kins Loree, ANMT, Executive Director, Center of Advanced Therapeutics, Denver CO;
Donna Formell, CMT, CNMT; Peggy Daugherty, ND, CMT, Evergreen CO; Ethan Cantor, CMT, Denver CO; Rico Rosendo, CMT, Denver CO; and Barbara A Lynch, RN, CNMT, Boulder CO