When you think of a massage, you think of a relaxing and pleasurable experience don’t you? Well, when 4x Mr Olympia Phil Heath gets on the table, it is far from an enjoyable time.
Massage, therapy, and rehab are are big part of why the Champ can remain on top of his sport year after year. He needs to open up his muscles and joints and break down scar tissue, and attain his maximum flexibility. Phil goes for Neuromuscular therapy and Myofascial release on a regular basis.
Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is an approach to soft tissue manual therapy in which quasi-static pressure is applied to soft tissue to stimulate skeletal striated muscle. Often these areas of muscle are myofascial trigger points. NMT practitioners claim to balance the central nervous system (brain, spinal column and nerves) with the structure and form of the musculoskeletal system.
Through applied knowledge of trigger points, neuromuscular therapy addresses postural distortion (poor posture), biomechanical dysfunction, nerve compression syndrome, and ischemia.
Myofascial release (or MFR) is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.
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