This form of massage is targeted for a specific area of the body. The level of touch will generally be deeper, to the client’s comfort level. This form of massage addresses trigger points, which are small hardened “knots” that can form in damaged muscles. Trigger points can affect blood flow and nerve transmission in the area, and can cause pain either at the trigger point or farther away in the body (this is known as “referred pain”).

During a targeted neuromuscular massage, the therapist identifies trigger points in the client’s body, and then uses pressure to help relieve these. Generally, pressure is maintained over a trigger point for a full minute, and then is released slowly. This helps to increase blood flow to the area and encourages the trigger point to relax and release.

Targeted neuromuscular massage is used to relieve tightened muscles, which have been damaged by injury or repetitive motion. It seeks to address muscular imbalances, restoring the overall balance of the body.


What is a trigger point?

A trigger point is a small, hard knot in a muscle. Trigger points are often painful, although the pain isn’t always located at the site of the trigger point itself. Sometimes, trigger points cause referred pain, which is pain occurs some distance away from the trigger point itself when the trigger point is pressed.

How can trigger points be released?

In most cases, trigger points will not release without sustained pressure. The therapist will put pressure directly on the trigger point, and will hold this pressure for a short period (typically about a minute), then release it very slowly. This may need to be repeated more than once for each trigger point.

Will I feel pain during this process?

The level of touch during a therapeutic neuromuscular massage is generally deeper than during a Swedish massage. The deep touch of a trigger point may cause some pain at the site, or referred pain somewhere else. Although this can be uncomfortable, it’s also necessary in order to release the trigger point, which will then lead to increased comfort in your everyday life. Your therapist will adjust the level of touch to ensure that you can handle it. Our clients generally report that they feel much better after the massage than they felt before it!

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If you’re experiencing discomfort in particular muscles, this could be caused by trigger points. Treating these through targeted neuromuscular massage could make a difference in how you feel and function on a daily basis. You’re welcome to receive massage alone, although many people find that adding chiropractic treatment along with massage helps to address muscular imbalances and keep trigger points from forming. If you’d like more information or want to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.

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