Clinical bodywork

A combination of techniques targeting chronic or acute pain conditions; corrects postural imbalances, releases muscle spasms; may include deep tissue, trigger point, and active/passive stretching and range of motion.

What is Clinical Bodywork?

The term “clinical bodywork” encompasses a variety of systems that deliver effective pain relief. The two primary modalities used are:

  • Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
  • Myofascial Release (MFR)

General massage can address certain levels of aches and pains, but sometimes the body requires a more focused therapeutic effort.

Chronic or acute pain can occur from: repetitive strain, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, sports or occupational usage, poor postural habits, impact trauma from auto accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Usually these kinds of pain are more deeply embedded into the musculature and connective tissue. NMT and MFR specifically target these deeper sources of pain.

NMT directly addresses five of six basic causes of pain: ischemia, or a lack of blood supply to the tissues, trigger points, a too-rapid firing of nerve impulses to referred sites, nerve and vascular compression by bone, cartilage, or soft tissue, postural distortion from the body’s compensating for imbalances, biomechanical dysfunction, or problematic motor habits. NMT may incorporate deep-tissue work, trigger point therapy, and PNF stretching.

Using these techniques, the therapist locates and releases “tight spots,” eliminates compression and trigger points, assists the healing flow of blood and lymph through the tissues – all of which enable the muscle skeletal system to reestablish homeostasis, functionality and range of motion as well as provide noticeable pain relief.

Myofascial Release completes an effective therapeutic strategy by addressing a sixth cause of pain: constriction of the fascia, a thin ribbon-like form of connective tissue. Once fascia becomes constricted, only direct and specific manipulation can “iron it out.” Soft tissue work can provide temporary relief but MPR provides more permanent pain relief and range of motion. At times, NMT or MFR may feel somewhat uncomfortable during a session. Your therapist, though, will always strive to work within your comfort range. This discomfort is momentary and indicates that the source of the pain is being identified and resolved. Together, NMT and MFR provide an effective and specific solution to reduce pain and restore a greater freedom of movement. So, for relief from chronic or acute pain conditions, request “Clinical Bodywork.”

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