In most instances, our pain is caused by injured or tight muscles and tendons. Over the years, due to stress, injuries, too much or too little exercise and lack of stretching, our muscles and tendons (soft tissue) become tighter and tighter, creating imbalances and resulting in severe or chronic pain. Often, people walk around with chronic pain, sometimes for years, resigned to the belief that there is nothing they can do about it, except having surgery or taking pain pills, muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory medication.  Generally, the medical community is limited in their resources when it comes to eliminating pain derived from injured or tight inflamed soft tissue.  Their tendency is to prescribe medication which masks or temporarily alleviates pain, but does not address the source of the problem.

One of the most common conditions that people learn to live with and believe they have to accept as a way of life is headaches. Headaches can develop for a number of reasons.  Common reasons are over-consumption of caffeine or withdrawal from caffeine, eyestrain, hormonal imbalances and allergies.  However, most headaches are caused by muscular tension, which is often the result of either emotional/mental stress or physical stress.

Excessive mental or emotional stress can lead to chronic muscular tension.  While usually the whole body is affected to some degree, many people are vulnerable to developing tension particularly in the neck, shoulders and upper back.  Additionally, when stressed, some individuals tend to clench their jaws and grind their teeth leading to tension of the jaw muscles.  Chronic tension in all these areas often results in headaches.

Physical stress leading to chronic muscular tension of the neck, shoulders and upper back is often caused by repetitive activities such as working at a computer, reading a book, driving a car, holding the phone to the ear with one’s shoulder, or gardening for hours.  Other causes can be the result of injury or overuse in some sports such as bike riding, wrestling, or football.

In many cases, headaches can be eliminated by treating the soft tissue of the front and back of the neck, shoulders and upper back through Neuromuscular Therapy.  Neuromuscular Therapy is an approach which opens up and loosens the muscles and tendons, restores normal blood flow, reduces inflammation and stops the nerves from firing pain signals.  Then, through a series of specific exercises, balance is restored to the nervous system, which results in normal function of the muscles and tendons, thereby reducing or eliminating your pain.

In addition to headaches, Neuromuscular Therapy can treat other chronic conditions that plague your neck, shoulder, arm, back, hip or legs. It has even been proven to minimize pain related to arthritis.

In today’s society of quick fixes and prescriptions it is important to remain informed of other ways to treat and manage pain. Through effective treatments like Neuromuscular Therapy you can possibly avoid surgery and a lifetime of pain medication.

If you suffer from pain or have questions about Neuromuscular Therapy, call Maria Martos at (949) 496-2821 or visit