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Neuromuscular Therapy


Looking For Neuromuscular Massage Therapy?
This treatment style applies massage techniques that work with the nervous system to release muscular holding patterns. We use a combination of active, direct techniques that promote muscle relaxation by activating nerve cells embedded in the muscle belly and/or tendon. There are several distinct techniques, which may be called Muscle Energy Techniques (MET), Reciprocal Inhibition (RI), Post-Isometric Relaxation (PIR) and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF). The purpose of these techniques, is to gain motion that is limited by restrictions of neuromuscular structures.

Neuromuscular Therapy is a form of Deep Tissue Massage that is directly applied to individual specific muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and tendons that are contributing to your pain and misery. NMT excels here over the traditional relaxation massage.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a very specialized form of manual therapy. A therapist trained in NMT is educated in the physiology of the nervous system and its effect on the muscular and skeletal systems. The Neuromuscular Therapist also is educated in kinesiology and biomechanics and how to work in a clinical or medical environment.

More Information About NMT...
By definition, Neuromuscular Therapy is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction. It is therefore necessary to stabilize low levels of neurological activity to maintain normal function and overall health.

Neuromuscular therapy is a comprehensive program of soft-tissue manipulation, which balances the body’s central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. Based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system initiates and maintains pain, the goal is to help relieve the pain and dysfunction by understanding and alleviating the underlying cause. Neuromuscular therapy can help individuals who experience distortion and biomechanical dysfunction, which is often a symptom of a deeper problem. It is also used to locate and release spasms and hyper-contraction in the tissue, eliminate trigger points that cause referred pain, rebuild the strength of injured tissues, assist venous and lymphatic flow, and restore postural alignment, proper biomechanics, and flexibility to the tissues.


NMT is used to address each of the five elements that can cause pain in everyone of us:

  1. Ischemia: Ischemia is simply a lack of blood supply to soft tissues which results in hypersensitivity to touch.
  2. Trigger Points: These are highly irritated points in muscles which refer pain to other parts of the body. For example, releasing a trigger point in your shoulder can not only relieve the pain in your back and shoulder, it can also release or stop headaches
  3. Nerve Entrapment or Nerve Compression: Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage, or bone.
  4. Postural Distortion: This is an imbalance of the muscular system resulting from the movement of the body off the longitudinal and horizontal planes. This is a fancy way of saying your body needs a muscle alignment just like your car does after hitting a pothole.
  5. Biomechanical Dysfunction: This refers to the imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns, such as: Poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing or tennis stroke, working on a computer.

We Can Help You!
At Athletic Edge, we are trained in Neuromuscular Massage techniques and how to apply them to your particular pain pattern or restriction. We often blend this technique with many others to provide a customized therapeutic treatment which achieves the best possible result.

Why Choose Athletic Edge?
All of our massage therapists are skilled in neuromuscular massage therapy, as well as 15 or more additional massage techniques, injury rehab and pain relief. We’ll review your posture and help assess the actual cause of your pain or restriction. We will also explain when to use ice or heat and will provide stretches & recommendations to help get you feeling better.

Our Experience
The staff at Athletic Edge takes great pride in our ability to help athletes and injured clients reach their full potential. We work in conjunction with doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists and other health care professionals to provide our clients with the highest level of care possible. We have treated everything from pulled muscles, whiplash and joint pain to scoliosis,  carpal tunnel syndrome and severe nerve pain. And if you’re an athlete, we will create a session unique to your needs using the same knowledge, skills and experience we have developed working with professional level athletes from the NFL, MLS, World Cup, Olympians, International Rugby teams, professional cyclists, runners, triathletes, rock climbers and many other sports. Athletic Edge experience combines years of massage experience, including executive planning and execution of therapy for the Tennessee Titans, Country Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Music City Marathon, Rock N' Roll Marathon, Salt Lake City Olympics, Vanderbilt Athletics, Stanford Athletics, and various NFL teams across the country.  Athletic Edge is staffed with licensed and nationally certified (NCTMB) massage therapists who have a common goal when it comes to client needs: utilizing massage techniques to treat athletic injuries, and also aid in the prevention of future damage to soft tissues. Athletic Edge maintains the highest standards in massage therapy, requiring our therapists to have over 1,200 hours of education, a state and city permit for practicing, and a minimum of 2,000 hours of client experience.  Most of our therapists far exceed these requirements, and they are equipped with extensive clinical experience and thousands of practice hours on their resume. Our certified clinical massage therapists and neuromuscular therapists have been trained in Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and other forms of soft tissue work to provide a variety of therapy options to meet your wellness needs. Each therapist also holds a professional membership with the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).