Neuromuscular massage is a massage technique which is fast gaining popularity all over the world. This massage technique is based on the principle of trigger points, which are also the underlying principles of many ancient techniques like the kundalini massage, acupuncture, and acupressure. These trigger points are known to be small areas in the neuromuscular network that trigger painful sensations in the nearby areas when stimulated.
It is now believed that pain in the muscles of the body is not caused by an external or internal stimulus to the entire length of the muscle. The stimulus is only to a specific trigger point which transmits signals of pain to the brain. If the trigger point receives a spasm, it may reach other areas of the body, some of which may not be in close proximity to the trigger point.
Trigger points are strategically located all over the body and receive a healthy amount of blood flow. However, if for some reason there is a spasm in the trigger point, blood flow decreases significantly, causing discomfort and pain. As the blood flow decreases, there is an excessive buildup of lactic acid. Such a buildup causes soreness, not only in the trigger points but also in the other muscles which receive blood circulation through the trigger points.
Often, this pain doesn’t get contained, and instead becomes a vicious circle, in which the body automatically reduces the oxygen flow in order to compensate for the pain being experienced. However, it is not necessary for you to suffer from this continued buildup of lactic acid. A neuromuscular massage can help stimulate the trigger points so that the spasms can be removed and the body can function normally.
To perform a neuromuscular massage, the affected area of the body is first heated up so that the tissues in the area are loosened up. When the tissues and the muscles loosen, the blood vessels also expand, increasing the flow of blood through the body.
After heating the area, start massaging it gently using smooth long strokes. This is only the warm up. As you progress, increase the pressure of the strokes, making sure that the person receiving the massage is not feeling pain.
Using only your fingers; probe the tender area till you discover the trigger point. The trigger point will be a specific area on the body which is a little raw and is more tender than the rest of the area. Massage the trigger point using a little pressure. Initially, the recipient of the massage may feel uncomfortable because the pain will seem exaggerated. However, as you continue massaging, release the pressure. The symptoms will begin to subside.