Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT) is a soft-tissue manipulation technique used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by misalignment of the body by the muscular-skeletal system. Misalignment—or distortions—of the body trigger muscle imbalances, which are caused by an accident or trauma, poor posture, repetitive movement patterns, and/or nerve influence. Restoring weight bearing equality and symmetry is essential for good health, which is why it is SO important to bring people into neutral balance alignment!
PNMT specifically addresses several arenas of pain that can cause a mild ache to extreme discomfort in our bodies. These arenas include… Structural imbalances, which can impact the muscles, connective tissue, and joint function; functional imbalances, which can effect muscle strength/weakness and range of motion, etc.; trigger points (TrP’s), which can disturb muscle function, refer pain, and reduce muscle length; neural influences, which involve nerves and their ability to affect muscular function including entrapment/nerve compression; and ischemia, which is a lack of blood flow to tissues (i.e. connective, muscular, nervous, and epithelial).
So, as you can see, there are several factors that can play a role in pain and dysfunction when it comes to muscular imbalances. I’m going to go out-on-a-limb here and assume that you are now curious what it is I do in a treatment session that relieves a person of said pain and dysfunction…
As far as my clients go, the first thing I do is take measurements. (This I learned through becoming certified in PNMT.) Measurements include looking for shoulder discrepancies (i.e. height, rotation, etc.), distortions of the hips (i.e. obliquity, torsion, increased inclination, etc.), and discrepancies in leg length; among others if necessary. It is through these measurements that I am able to ascertain what muscles are influencing what muscular imbalances. From that point, I treat the affected muscles, paying special attention to TrP’s (active, latent, satellite)—Communication is key as far as I’m concerned, so don’t expect this to be a typical massage session where you get some zzz’s. 🙂
As stated in my very first post on this blog, PNMT is the “real deal”. And I know this from personal experience; after having suffered from low back pain myself for so many years.
If interested, stay tuned for my next post… It has to do with conditions that PNMT can improve, if not, get rid of.
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“Neutral balance alignment is key to becoming pain-free” ~ Me
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