Of the many varieties of massage that exist, neuromuscular massage is probably the most effective in alleviating a number of conditions, from lower back pain to muscle spasms. A technique that concentrates on the deeper layers of the skin, neuromuscular massage releases tension from the body through slow strokes and deep pressure applied to concentrated areas.
Neuromuscular massage therapy consists of varying degrees of concentrated pressure on areas prone to tight or sore muscles. Pressure can be applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbows. Once applied, the pressure usually isn’t altered or released completely for 10-30 seconds. A neuromuscular massage can feel painful at first, but the pressure should alleviate any tightness, soreness, or spasms in the areas of concentration. Keep in mind that massage pressure should never be overly painful. If it becomes so, it’s extremely important to communicate that to the massage therapist. The therapist should always listen and respond accordingly.
Following a neuromuscular massage, any soreness that presents itself should go away after 24-36 hours. The muscles that were tight should be noticeably more relaxed for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on stress, activity level, and the severity of pain prior to beginning therapy.