Hi, my name is Arnold Askew and for the past fifteen years I have worked with the Doleys' Pain and Rehabilitation Institute in Birmingham Alabama as a Neuromuscular and Somatic Education Therapist. During that time I have seen thousands of people with all kinds of back pain and other pain problems. In most every case I have seen them find relief and ways to improve their daily lives.

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  City Birmingham, AL
  Zip Code 35209
  Address 828 Columbiana Road
  Phone Number (205) 413-3291

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Neuromuscular Therapy is a type of soft tissue (muscle, tendon, connective tissue) massage technique that involves static pressure on specific points of irritation called Trigger Points (TPs.). Trigger points are areas of hyper-irritability within the tissues that refer pain out to areas that often seem unrelated. This is why a good Neuromuscular Therapist will work in areas that at first seem to have nothing to do with where you are hurting. For example a TP. can refer pain from the hip all the way down to the calf.

Those who have chronic pain usually understand what I mean by the phrase "Types of Pain." However, it still helps to have it explained how pain can be generated from several sources. Not only that, but you can experience pain from more than one source at the same time. For example, you may have an impinged nerve which, of course, causes pain. At the same time you may be guarding in such a way that causes muscle fatigue and PAIN. Then, because your muscles are tight there is friction in the joints when you move, so you also have bone pain.

We all respond to pain or stress in a very specific way. And, that response is to tense up. It's natural. It's survival. It is the only way we have to protect ourselves. Imagine sitting at a red light in your car. All of a sudden you hear the squeal of tires behind you. What's your response? Before you can even think about it you have already pulled your body inward as if to ward off a blow. If we are stressed severely enough or in pain long enough we can make a habit of the response of tension.