Explanation of Techniques:
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
Neuromuscular Therapy is a thorough program of recovery from acute and chronic pain. It is based on physiological laws and principles with the goal of eliminating the causes of most neuromuscular pain patterns. This specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief will help to bring about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. It utilizes specific massage therapy, flexibility stretching, and take-home care. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and bio-mechanics (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.
Why Neuromuscular Therapy?
The body can refer pain far away from the root cause of the pain. This many times results in the symptom of a problem being treated, rather than the underlying cause. NMT Treatments focus on a comprehensive assessment your body and posture, locating the root cause and solving the problems. It is an amazing way to return to health rather than trying to force a result.
Clinical Sports Massage
-Anyone who is physically active can benefit from the techniques of sports massage. Potential populations include not only professional and top echelon amateur athletes, but also professional dancers, musicians, those involved in fitness activities (yoga, weightlifting, aerobics), recreational sports (biking, skiing, backpacking) and the many physically demanding vocations. In addition, clinical sports massage techniques developed through working with athletes can be adapted to address common injuries and complaints associated with daily living and aging populations. Advanced techniques are often used as part of thorough treatment including myofascial release, designed to reorganize the body’s connective tissue to create a more ideal posture and Muscle Energy Techniques which reset normal muscle tone, reorganize joint mechanics and the fascial system gently and easily.
Structural Integration is a scientifically validated body therapy. Unlike massage, Structural Integration focuses not on the muscles but on their protective layer, called fascia (also known as connective tissue). Muscles are contracting tissues that give the body and organs physical movement. The fascia surrounds the muscles, bones and organs in the body. The fascia gives muscles their shape and the body its structure.
Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. As fascia is lengthened it allows the muscles to move more efficiently. The practitioner will apply pressure to the body, working the entire fascial system in a systematic way. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened the body can return to its structurally optimal position
The continuing pull of gravity, the stress of daily activities and physical injuries can pull the body out of alignment. The fascia gradually shortens, tightens and adjusts to accommodate the misalignment. When the body is out of alignment it creates inefficiency and imbalance resulting in stiffness, discomfort and loss of energy.
When a body is aligned and balanced it moves with greater ease. It requires less energy to function. Good posture is effortless and breathing is easier. The body becomes more flexible, more coordinated and athletic performance improves.
Swedish massage reduces stress, both emotional and physical. It is ideal for stress management. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It also increases the blood and lymphatic circulation without increasing heart load. A swedish massage will gently stretch the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable also stimulating the skin and nervous system. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management.
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I have been coming to the Heal Center for a few years. Michael Zollinger is a skilled therapist who really listens and attends to your key pain/discomfort areas. Being a female, I'm not always comfortable seeing male therapists, but I am extremely comfortable with Michael's professionalism and calm demeanor. The prices are reasonable and Roz always gives you a warm welcome. I highly recommend this facility for all of your wellness needs. B.W. Atlanta