One of the main reasons I chose to attend The New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts was the Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) Training. The technique that is taught is the European version and differs from Neuromuscular Therapy though many of the goals remain the same. Stanley Lief created NMT and it was further developed by Leon Chaitow with the goal that NMT would restore the bodys structure and function by normalizing soft tissue.
The technique uses the tip of the thumb to trace a specific series of pathways and muscle fiber directions to help improve communication in the nervous system. What is amazing is you can literally see the posture changes occur from the start of the session to the end of the session. These postural alignment changes can help treat a myriad of symptoms from scoliosis to migraines to Bell's Palsy.
I was thrilled with the posture changes I was seeing during classtime however I was floored by what it did to help my migraines.
As a lifelong migraine sufferer it was no surprise that my concussion amped up the frequency of my migraines and brought cluster headaches that frequently sent me to ER in the years following. At the time I started receiving NMT treatments I was on a monthly injection to treat migraines and as needed prescriptions to treat breakthrough migraines. With these prescriptions in addition to regular bodywork and physical therapy I had managed to get my once daily headaches and migraines to a handful a month. Thinking that I had done everything I possible could to manage my migraines it wasn't even on my radar that NMT would have so much to offer.
After a month of weekly NMT session in school, I spent my summer vacation from massage school in Michigan and had forgotten to refill my injections. Upon returning to New Hampshire we rolled right into moving to a new apartment and another month went by where my injections were forgotten. Another month of NMT and I realized that I had missed almost 3 months of injections largely in part because I had NO MIGRAINES as a reminder. I was floored and tentative about how well things were going. Throughout the rest of school and now into 2022 I've been able to remain off prescriptions and have experience the occasional headache but nothing like the migraines I'd become so accustom too.
Everyone responds to bodywork differently and there are no guarantees that NMT and postural reintegration and alignment will result in the same response.
Please talk to your Doctor before making the decisions to go off a prescription medication and not do what I did and accidentally go off a medication because life had become so busy I'd forgotten to refill a prescription.
What is Clinical Massage?
For Clinical Massage at True Blue Wellness our goal is to address current or past injuries, symptoms, or restrictions in the muscular system. Our sessions include a thorough health history, gait and postural assessment, and range of motion for joints at the first session as well as treatment time. This added assessment time is a big reason for us changing over to a 90 minute Welcome Sessions instead of 60 minutes.
What to Expect During and After Your Session:
At the first Welcome to Clinical Massage Session we will spend some time reviewing your health history, doing a quick gait and postural assessment, and assess any joints or muscles that could be causing issues. From there we will talk about modalities and techniques that could help you reach your goals or find relief and make a plan for your session. You'll then be given privacy to disrobe and get on the table for treatment. You will be underneath and top sheet and blanket during the session. You will only undress to your level comfort and only the area or limb being worked will be undraped. Once on the table, depending on your treatment goals for the session, we'll work using a variety of techniques. At the end of the session you'll be given privacy to dress and once dressed we'll review your session and discuss any home care to do in between sessions.
How you feel after your session can depend on a variety of factors such as techniques used, how you were feeling before the session, and how your body responds to bodywork. Some can experience soreness like you would after a good gym day. Some can have spot tenderness if Trigger Point Therapy was used. Some can feel fatigued or super energized. For each session we send out a follow up email to see how things are going and discuss anything you notice after your session. As always rest, water, and ice on an inflamed area can do wonders.
What Techniques can be used during a Clinical Massage?
Neuromuscular Technique (European Version)
Trigger Point Therapy
What Does "undress to your level of comfort" mean?
Each of us has different levels of comfort with what we wear or don't wear while on the table and those can change session to session. Some people wear nothing, some prefer underwear and/or bra, others like to keep on a tank top or shorts, some wear leggings and long sleeves, and others choose not to undress.
It is easiest to work the full body if you are fully undressed or keep your underwear on and remove a bra. At all times during your massage the pubic area, intergluteal cleft, and women's breast are completely covered with the drape.
Jazmine Jade is a Techniques Certified CranioSacral Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Reiki Master. She lives and works in New Hampshire.