Neuromuscular Therapy is a highly-specialized form of manual therapy that corrects pain and dysfunction by treating trigger points, muscle adhesions, and fascial (connective tissue) patterns. These trigger points, adhesions and fascial patterns can form due to a specific trauma, postural pattern, or series of repetitive movements. Neuromuscular Therapy sessions utilize precise treatment protocols to correct these patterns by releasing tight fascia, palpating and decreasing trigger points in tight bands of muscle and releasing areas of stuck muscle in an effective and efficient manner. The muscular areas of pain, and the surrounding muscles that are affected due to biomechanics and compensation for the primary pain are treated using these protocols. Pressure used during the treatment is based on the client’s pain threshold – “no pain, no gain” is Not the motto. We ask the client to provide feedback on the sensitivity of trigger points and tissue; if the client’s pain reaches 8 on their 1-10 pain scale, the treatment is too intense. After 7 on the scale, the tissue starts to tighten up in response to the pain which is counterproductive, and inappropriate for achieving the client’s goals. Neuromuscular treatments are rarely full body; the work is concentrated on the primary and secondary areas of the body that are causing the pain you are experiencing and limiting range of motion. To specialize in Neuromuscular Therapy, a therapist must receive additional training beyond traditional massage therapy education. This additional education takes usually around 2 – 2 1/2 years from a Neuromuscular Therapy training program before a therapist can sit for the Certification exam. The training involves learning every trigger point commonly found in each muscle, their common referral zones, and biomechanical aspects of trigger point formation (watching your gait and movements), as well as hands-on clinical application of all specific treatment protocols for each muscle and region. A Certified Neuromuscular Therapist is truly a muscular expert.