What is Precision Neuromuscular Massage?
Precision Neuromuscular Massage is an advanced method of soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, etc.) therapy for the relief of muscular discomfort, pain, and limited range of motion (flexibility) in order to further reintroduce and reintegrate forgotten or lost body movements and functions.
What are Trigger Points (TrPs) utilized in PNM?
“A hyperirritable spot in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable (touch) nodule in a taut band (knot). The spot is painful on compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness, motor (movement) dysfunction, and autonomic (sensation) phenomena. These trigger points will cause pain or other sensations away from the actual site of the spot itself. You will typically only feel the referral area. Many clinical studies have concluded that trigger points are the primary source of pain in over 70% of patients presenting at pain clinics! Trigger points are an incredibly overlooked cause of many people’s pain because of the difficulty in locating them. They don’t show up on MRI, X-ray, or other diagnostic testing. The only way to discover them is through careful and precise palpation (touching) by an experienced practitioner. PNM has shown its great success in the deactivation and desensitization of TrPs in different types of myofacial pain and the normalization of the body’s function. Common conditions that are caused by TrPs are Fybromyalgia, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, TMJ disorders, back pain, hip & sciatic problems.
What are the responses to PNM?
The majority of patients have great relief after treatment, however, depending on unique circumstances the progression may be slightly different in specific cases, your massage therapist will determine what this means and modify the treatment to suit your special needs.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
There are a few things to consider when answering this question.
- How long have you had the pain?
- How severe is the pain?
- How is your overall health?
- What other circumstances are affecting your condition?
Therefore, the longer and more severe the pain is, typically the greater the number of sessions you will need to become pain free. Also your overall constitution and limiting circumstances can affect the length of the treatment program. With the above listed conditions taken into consideration, a substantial improvement should be noticed within 2-6 sessions. Many times a significant change can be achieved in the first session. Additional treatments will be considered on an individual basis.