Say Goodbye to Pain with Neuromuscular Therapy

Rick Hayhurst, LMT



At some time in our lives most of us have experienced, or continue to experience, pain in the neck or back. This pain can be triggered by many things such as injury, stress or misalignment. It can be described as sharp or dull; constant or coming and going; fixed in one specific spot or sometimes referring into other parts of the body feeling like a headache or toothache.


Understanding the root of a particular pain begins with looking at the different ways individuals use their bodies. This varies from person to person: pianists, writers, attorneys, and surgeons - they all use their bodies differently creating different stress responses. As we look at movement patterns, we begin to understand how bodies respond to immobility and/or repetitive strain by giving us signals (pain) that encourage change in our habits. That change requires treatment, at times, to support the return to balance.


In the treatment of pain, Massage Therapy is an important adjunct to proper self care. Massage increases circulation, reduces fatigue, stimulates the immune system, supports the removal of metabolic waste and increases our sense of well being. Specific techniques, such as Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), can be employed when bodies are in a state of pain and dysfunction to alter the life span of pain cycles and improve daily life very quickly.


Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a specific muscle therapy used to manage soft tissue pain syndromes. Do you or someone you know suffer from whiplash, migraines, headaches, toothaches, neck pain, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, shoulder pain, back pain, low back pain, hip pain, foot pain, or postural distortions? NMT is a remarkable tool to reduce the frequency and/or intensity of these and many other complaints.


When you receive care from a Neuromuscular Therapist, they are looking at 6 principles that create and/or intensify pain:

1. Ischemia (restrictions in blood supply)

2. Trigger Points

3. Nerve Entrapment/Compression

4. Postural Distortions

5. Nutrition

6. Emotional Wellbeing (stress)


To create lasting change in the tissues a treatment plan typically consists of 4-6 sessions, with follow up when needed. However, patients often report immediate improvement after the first session. When asked, "When did your pain begin?," many patients can date their pain back twenty years or more to the time they were in a car accident, fell, suffered a sports injury or had a similar traumatic experience. It is not unusual to be able to treat these chronic pain patterns successfully through NMT. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement) and it releases endorphins, the body's own natural pain killers. It can be part of a comprehensive program, complementing all other health care modalities.


If you or someone you know is suffering from any type of pain, consider NMT as a profound protocol for efficient treatment.


To schedule your first session with Rick Hayhurst, LMT, Clinical Massage Therapist, call 312-276-1212 or email


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