by Erik Dalton, PhD
Manipulating nerve receptors in joints can be very effective in relieving spasms and pain.
Most massage therapists know that the tiny nerve terminals called receptors, such as Golgi tendon organs (GTOs) and muscle spindles, cause muscles to contract and relax. New biomedical studies reveal the presence of other types of receptors located in frequently overlooked soft tissues of the body, such as the neck. This knowledge can serve as a clue to understanding how we interact with our environment and enjoy balanced movement, postural awareness and internal homeostasis.
Soft-tissue specialists should have a basic understanding of these fascinating receptors and their relationship to neck pain and posture. Also, this knowledge might help spawn new approaches to helping clients in need.