Hi, I’m Sundae, with Natural Sundae. Are you
curious, as to what neuromuscular massage is? Well, I can help. Now, the term neuromuscular
massage, means a massage dealing with the neuro, the neurological system,and the muscles,
the muscular system, neuromuscular massage. Now, neuromuscular massage is a very specialized
form of massage, that’s performed by a therapist, that’s highly trained in the neurological
system, and its effects on the muscular system, and the skeletal system. Neuromuscular therapy
deals with trigger points. Now, trigger points are just that. They are points on the body
that you can’t see, but they are highly irritable, and highly sensitive to touch. These points
trigger pain, in other places, that seem to be totally unrelated. One example, is the
trapezius muscle, which is the most superficial back muscle, has a trigger point right here,
and when it’s activated, the path of pain, which is called the pain pathway, goes up
through the back of the ear, up through the head, and down through the corner of the eye,
so a trigger point is a point that triggers pain in another area, and there are many different
causes for trigger points. Now, the first one, is when a muscle has inadequate oxygen
supply, and this is because there is not enough blood and nutrients, getting to that muscle.
Now, there is specific types, there’s specific reasons for inadequate circulation, inadequate
vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. If you don’t have enough of those vitamins
and minerals in your body, after exercise, your muscles will become stiff, and not allow
full and adequate blood flow, to flow through those muscles, and what happens is, when you
don’t have that blood flow, the lactic acid that builds up from stress and exercise, and
just daily life built up, and it just builds and builds and builds, and lactic acid makes
your muscles sore, so when you have all that built up lactic acid, you have total soreness,
so that’s the first reason for a trigger point, for a very hypersensitive point on your body.
The second reason is injury. Now, cartilage, bone, muscle, and fascia, can also impinge
or impede nerves. This is the second cause for a trigger point. There are also many other
causes. I’ll touch on one more, before we have to go. Another one is poor posture or
anxiety, and depression. Usually, when somebody is feeling down, their posture isn’t the greatest,
and it’s reflected in how they stand. Well, when your posture is distorted, no matter
what the reason, your muscles and nerves suffer, so this is just a little bit about neuromuscular
therapy, and the trigger points involved. I’m Sundae, with Natural Sundae. Take care.