Sports, Remedial, Deep Tissue Massage and Neuromuscular Reprogramming (NMR)

Who can benefit from Sports, Remedial, Deep Tissue Massage and Neuromuscular Reprogramming (NMR)?

Everyone, active or inactive, from the hobby gardener to the marathon runner, at any age or level of fitness.  Sports massage reduces muscle, ligament or tendon strains.  Whether caused by exercise, injury, poor posture, repetitive use, sports, physical work, occupation or simply the strains of modern life, sports and remedial massage treatment can help.

How does it help?

Sports, remedial and deep tissue massage can help improve muscle function and increase joint range of movement using thorough assessment, deep tissue massage and advanced techniques, including myofascial and soft tissue release; muscle energy and neuro-muscular techniques.

This is done by helping to:

  • Reduce muscle spasm and relieve tension and pain
  • Reduce adhesions and the fibrotic tissue which forms to replace damaged muscle
  • Relieve pain, relax or stimulate muscles, sedate or stimulate nerve endings, increase or decrease muscle tone and length
  • Improve circulation and lymphatic flow, thereby increasing oxygen and nutrient supply to the muscles, assisting in the metabolic waste removal and thereby reducing muscle fatigue
  • Improve body awareness

Can sports, remedial and deep tissue massage help with chiropractic treatment?

Yes! Muscles are attached to and around joints to create movement, tight and weak muscles and can affect joint alignment. So by combining soft tissue work on the muscles and tendons with chiropractic treatment, sports and remedial massage can aid in the adjustment of the joints once the muscles have been loosened and it can help to maintain the realignment.

Neuromuscular Reprogramming (NMR)

Neuromuscular Reprogramming, or NMR, is a form of therapy that connects the brain and body in a kinaesthetic conversation to help correct dysfunctional patterns the body has developed from shock, pain, or injury. NMR is an approach to structural bodywork that engages the motor control centre in the brain to re-write the motor programs governing co-ordinated movement.

  • Relieve pain; restore function and range of movement.
  • Accelerate recovery from acute injuries.
  • Resolve the persistent effects of chronic injury.
  • Alleviate the symptoms of repetitive stress.
  • Optimize athletic performance.

How does NMR work?

NMR uses muscle testing to assess specific structural imbalances and the dysfunctional relationship within co-ordinated patterns. Muscle testing expands proprioceptive feedback and cues the brain for re-programming.

What is muscle testing?

Muscle testing asks a muscle to resist a certain amount of applied pressure. The action of resisting the pressure informs the therapist how well the sensory feedback system is working.

Who can benefit from NMR?

Anyone can benefit from NMR. Most of the time, we aren’t aware of how our body moves us through our daily activities. It often makes adjustments so that we can continue doing what we always do. Sometimes, those adjustments – or quick fixes – aren’t in our best long-term interest. NMR gives the body and brain a chance to consciously connect to create a healthier, more functional movement pattern.

What happens on your first visit?

Your first appointment will include assessment and treatment. Your full medical history will be taken and the massage therapist will look at your posture, discuss your occupation and its postural implications, what activities you do and any injuries and musculoskeletal problems you may have.


After your first visit, advice will be given as to the likely number of treatments required and the best treatment plan. Localised problems may only need 30-minute sessions after the initial consultation.

Some patients may find relief of symptoms after just one treatment, other more chronic conditions may benefit from several treatments in the first month and then treatments every 4-8 weeks to help keep them feeling well.