This form of massage, which is also sometimes referred to as myotherapy, has been recognized by the American Academy of Pain Management as a safe and effective treatment for pain in the lower back caused by soft tissue damage.
Neuromuscular massage therapy involves placing concentrated on concentrated areas of muscle spasm using the fingers, knuckles or elbows. Consistent pressure should be applied to muscle spasms for approximately ten to thirty seconds to provide the maximum benefit.
Pain in the lower back is often caused by muscle spasms, which result in insufficient blood flow to the muscle. Muscles that are not receiving adequate amounts of blood also are not receiving enough oxygen. When the muscles are not getting enough oxygen, they produce lactic acid, which makes muscles feel sore following intense physical activity.
Through neuromuscular massage, it is possible to relax the muscle and allow it to release the excess lactic acid. Once the muscle is relaxed and no longer in spasm, it will also start receiving the proper amounts of blood and oxygen. Combined, these factors result in drastically reduced pain for many patients.
At the beginning of your therapy session, you may experience a degree of what many of our patients call “good pain.” At no point, though, should you experience excessive pressure or pain that is too much to handle. It is important to communicate with your therapist if you are feeling discomfort.