Trigger Point / NeuroMuscular Therapy (NMT)
First, a (very) brief anatomy lesson:
Most people know that our muscles are made up of specialized cells (also commonly called fibers) that lengthen and shorten to pull on the bones to make our joints bend. This gives us the wonderful freedom to walk, run, chew, and do whatever feels good on a warm summer day. For the most part, it's a self-regulating and sustaining system: chemicals/nutrients/fuel pump in and wastes/by-products pump out in an orderly and efficient manner, maintaining homeostasis.
Unfortunately, when we get sick, injured, stressed, or dehydrated, that efficiency can break down, and one of the ways it manifests is in the waste removal stage. If you've ever been in a major city during a garbage strike, you know just how quickly things can grind to a halt. It's the same with your muscles, but the kicker is that the chemical mechanisms that tell the muscle cell to stop contracting don't function, and you have single (or groups of) cells that don't relax. What follows is a growing pocket of dysfunction that resists self correction, since the blood flow that would normally cleanse and nourish the area is restricted by the tension.
Well that's a long way to say that NeuroMuscular Therapy goes after these pockets (also called trigger points, which tend to form in very predictable locations within each muscle) in a very focused manner. Sometimes it can get uncomfortable, but I work with your feedback to insure that we're not crossing the line into pain. At all times you reserve the right to receive treatment at a level and in a manner that's comfortable for you.