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Neuromuscular Vs Deep Tissue Massage

Neuromuscular therapy and deep tissue massage are two popular massage techniques used to treat pain, improve flexibility, and reduce stress. While both techniques are effective, they have some key differences that make them better suited for different types of pain and conditions.


Neuromuscular therapy is a manual therapy that focuses on treating myofascial trigger points, which are small contractions in muscle fibers that cause pain, weakness, and discomfort in a referred area. This type of therapy is tailored to the individual’s pain symptomatology and targets the painful area, such as the upper back and neck, and if indicated, also the jaw and/or chest. It is delivered to tolerance, so that it is perceived as beneficial without reaching pain intensity exceeding 5/10. According to a study published in ScienceDirect, deep tissue massage therapy significantly reduced pain compared to therapeutic massage. [1]


Deep tissue massage is a form of massage that is generally used to address muscle aches and pains associated with daily stress. It is usually administered on an on-off basis whenever a client decides they need a bit of extra relaxation and rest. This type of massage is used to break up scar tissue, reduce tension, and improve circulation. It can also help reduce high blood pressure. A study published in Medical News Today found that sports massage may reduce heart rate and blood pressure. [2]


When deciding between neuromuscular therapy and deep tissue massage, it is important to consider the individual’s needs. Neuromuscular therapy is best suited for treating myofascial trigger points and reducing pain, while deep tissue massage is better for reducing muscle aches and pains associated with daily stress.


No matter which technique is chosen, both neuromuscular therapy and deep tissue massage can be beneficial for reducing pain, improving flexibility, and reducing stress. It is important to consult with a massage therapist to determine which technique is best suited for the individual’s needs.




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