Neuromuscular massage therapy is the most effective type of massage therapy for treating low back pain. Also known as trigger point myotherapy, this form of massage therapy has been recognized by the American Academy of Pain Management as an effective treatment for lower back pain caused by soft tissue injury.
How Neuromuscular Massage Therapy Works
A neuromuscular massage consists of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. Pressure is typically applied using the knuckles, fingers or elbow and varies in intensity. Once pressure is applied to a muscle spasm, it
should not vary for approximately ten to thirty seconds.
How Neuromuscular Massage Eases Muscle Pain
Pain often occurs as the result of muscles that are in spasm. This pain is caused by ischeoromic muscle tissue, or muscle that is lacking proper blood flow. In many cases, proper blood flow is lacking due to muscle spasm. When the muscle is not receiving adequate blood flow, it also is not receiving enough oxygen. This lack of oxygen causes the muscle to product lactic acid, which makes the muscle feel sore following physical activity.
Neuromuscular massage therapy relaxes the muscle, allowing it to release the lactic acid and start receiving the appropriate amount of blood and oxygen. This results in decreased pain.
When your massage therapy begins, it may feel painful at first, but the pressure will alleviate the muscle spasm. During your treatment, it is important to communicate with your massage therapist. If the pressure is too much or too little or if your pain is improving or getting worse, speak up. This ensures that the therapist can respond to your concerns by adjusting your treatment appropriately. Though a certain degree of pain is to be expected, your massage should never feel excessively painful. Most neuromuscular massage patients describe the sensation as “good pain.”
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy in Denver
At Denver South Chiropractic, we provide neuromuscular massage therapy in Denver along with a number of other forms of massage therapy and chiropractic treatment. If you are suffering from lower back pain as the result of a soft tissue injury, such as a strained muscle, we can help. To learn more about the benefits of neuromuscular therapy or to experience the difference it can make in your life, please call 303-757-7272 now.