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Neuromuscular Therapy
Trigger Point Massage
Services in
West Hollywood, Beverly Hills,
Los Angeles 

Neuromuscular techniques is the manual application of digital pressure release or long strokes release, most commonly applied through finger, thumb, or elbow contact targeting soft tissues. These digital contacts can have either an assessment or therapeutic objective, and the degree of pressure employed varies considerably between the therapist and the modes of application. 

It's a Non-invasive treatment for

Myofascial Pain Syndrome  and

non-pharmacological therapy for

Pain Management 

what type of massage is best for pain? Neuromuscular Therapy!

Neuromuscular Therapy is
the best massage
for Neck Shoulder Back Hip
Pain Relief 

Neuromuscular Therapy is a manual therapy for pain management, rehabilitation, and prevention therapy. It is a medically-oriented form of therapeutic massage & deep tissue massage that addresses soft tissue pain problems and myofascial trigger points. The trigger points are microscopic spasms at the neuromuscular junction, where the nervous system communicates with a muscle, causing pain, weakness, and discomfort in a referred pain area. It effectively breaks the stress-tension cycle by promoting a parasympathetic response in the body through precise manual techniques that encourage the neuromuscular junction back to healthy function, reduce resting muscle tension and spasm and move metabolic waste products, which irritate nerves, out of muscle tissue fibers.

 

Trigger point therapy, also known as neuromuscular therapy, was pioneered by Janet Travell, MD, in the 1960s. It involves deactivating trigger points (TrPs) in muscle and related connective tissues.
 

Trigger points (TrPs) undoubtedly account for much muscle pain and dysfunction experienced. TrPs are caused by acute muscle
overload, repetitive strain, overwork, fatigue, poor posture or body mechanics, blunt trauma, and chilling. They typically occur in muscles and tendons used most often in a particular sport. TrPs are palpated as taut bands of tissue that elicit exquisite pain when pressed and referred pain if active. Dr. Travell and Simons (1983) defined a trigger point as follows:
 

A focus on hyper-irritability in a tissue that, when compressed, is locally
Tender and, if sufficiently hypersensitive, gives rise to referred pain and tenderness and sometimes to referred autonomic phenomena and distortion of proprioception.
 

Signs of TrPs include dull, aching, or deep referred pain; variable irritability over time; stiffness and weakness in the involved muscle; a restricted range of motion; contraction pain; and pain on stretching. The pain experienced will often be out of proportion to the pressure applied directly to the area and may be felt either in the immediate area or in a remote place on the body.
 

***Therapy addressing specific Deep Tissue  & Issues ***

Artisan Neuromuscular Therapy West Hollywood & Los Angeles includes manual therapy and bodywork;

Advanced Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Pressure Release 

Soft Tissue Release

Muscle Energy

Positional Release

Assisted Stretching   

Lymphatic Facilitation 

Many orthopedic conditions and sports, automobile and work-related injuries respond well to this form of therapeutic massage.

TrPs Deep Pressure Release is a high-effect technique used to deactivate trigger points and decrease pain sensitivity. It involves the application of direct digital pressure with enough force to cause blanching in the tissues. TrPs pressure release is held for 15 to 90 seconds while the practitioner feels for a release or softening of the trigger point or diminishing of the local or referred pain. The technique should be repeated two to four times.The application of TrPs Deep Pressure Release should be preceded by the warming of tissues with a massage. Techniques that can be combined with Pressure Release in deactivating trigger points include deep sliding movements with the thumb over the taut band of tissue, kneading, broadening, and fine vibration. Positional release may also, be used for TrPs. Circulatory massage techniques such as sliding and kneading can be applied to move out metabolic wastes once the trigger point is relieved. Stretching techniques should be applied after the massage to reeducate the muscle to its increased length after deactivation of the TrP. 

How can I describe my pain?

Different categories are used when describing or attempting to gather information about pain. These include:

  • Location, Site: where the pain is felt(ie Head, Neck, Shoulder, Shoulder Blade, Low Back, Glute, Buttock etc) 

  • Intensity: how severe the pain is (ie  Most pain scales use numbers from 0 to 10).

  • Frequency: how often the pain occurs (ie morning, night time)

  • Quality: the type of pain (ie. Deep, Ache, Dull, Sharp, tender, shooting etc.) 

  • Duration: how long the pain lasts when it occurs

  • Pattern: what causes the pain and what improves it

  • Movement: what movement causes the pain 

 

Dull pain is often chronic, lasting a few days, months, or more. Commonly, dull pain results from an old injury or a chronic condition. If you have a new, dull pain that doesn’t improve in two to three weeks, bring it to your doctor’s attention. 

Jesse Anoraj has been a Certified Member in good standing of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals since 2018 and runs a private practice, Artisan Neuromuscular & Sports Therapy, the local massage place in Los Angeles focusing on therapeutic-sports massage for Pain & Stress Management. He is an Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist, outstanding massage therapist with a good reputation and expertise in soft tissue techniques.  Book me!

Massage therapy has been shown to have a number of positive effects on the body and brain. Here are a few ways in which massage therapy can affect the nervous system:

Reducing stress: Massage therapy can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the "rest and digest" response. This can lead to a reduction in stress hormones such as cortisol, and an increase in feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine.


Relieving pain: Massage therapy can also activate pain-relieving pathways in the nervous system. It can stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals, and it can also inhibit the activity of pain-sensing neurons in the spinal cord.


Enhancing immune function: Massage therapy has been shown to increase the activity of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting off infections and illnesses. This suggests that massage therapy may be able to enhance immune function.


Improving mood: Massage therapy can also have a positive effect on mood and emotional well-being. Research has found that massage therapy can lead to an improvement in symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.


Improving sleep: Massage therapy can also help improve sleep quality by helping to relax the body and mind, reduce stress, and lower cortisol levels.


Improving physical function: Massage therapy also can help to improve physical function by increasing blood flow, reducing muscle tension, and promoting relaxation, which can help to improve range of motion and flexibility.


Overall, massage therapy can affect the nervous system in a number of ways, including reducing stress, relieving pain, enhancing immune function, improving mood and sleep, and physical function

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