Tension points within muscles can have reduced blood flow, allowing for a buildup of metabolic waste in the muscle tissue. These “knots” become more prominent as the rest of the muscle keeps working to function around them. Eventually, these build into trigger points of pain that impede the muscle function and remain on auto-pilot as patterns deepen.
The intention of neuromuscular therapy is to apply stimulation to the trigger point to bring it back into the conscious attention of the nervous system. This is not a 'no pain no gain' modality. It is our firm belief that causing pain will increase the muscle contractions that caused the trigger point in the first place. GPR therapists seek to work at a depth in the tissue that respects your unique pain sensation to allow for maximum pain relief.