Massage is the manipulation of top lying and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques to improve function. Massage utilizes multiple techniques to affect the superficial (top lying) and deep layers of muscle and connective tissue to: enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, and promote relaxation and well-being.
Some of the techniques offered at Neuro Muscular Connection are lymphatic massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, active release, and sports massage.
Lymphatic massage is a type of gentle massage that is intended to assist the natural drainage of lymph. Lymph is fluid that carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymphatic system depends on contractions of the smooth muscle in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then eventually back to the heart. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific light to medium amount of pressure and rhythmic movements to stimulate lymph flow.
Sports massage is geared towards every type of athlete and is customized to the athlete and the sport(s) they participate in. The massage is primarily focused on the areas of the body that are overused and under the most stress due to repetitive and often aggressive movements. Sports massage can be utilized for pre-event preparation, post-event detoxification, and recovery between events. Athletes have found that they have increased flexibility, increased endurance, reduced muscle pain and fatigue, and reduced risk of injury.