Fine Tuning the Art of Massage Therapy


Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PMNT) is a precise, hands-on approach to treat muscular discomfort and pain. Simply put, Precision Neuromuscular Therapists treat people with muscular aches and discomfort using highly skilled touch.


PMNT Revolves Around

  • Skilled assessment – figuring out the source of the pain
  • Precise treatment – designing a session that is tailored exactly to your particular needs
  • Results! Using benchmarks and measurements, you should see progress in short order!

PMNT is not meant to be an alternative or a replacement to medical care. Those who benefit most from PNMT are everyday people who suffer annoying muscular pain. These people still work, still press on, but the pain makes life more difficult. Mostly, they have sought relief, but have been disappointed and frustrated by the outcome. Often, they are resolved to living with the pain or simply attributing the discomfort to aging.

Sound like anyone you know?


The History

Precision Neuromuscular Therapy was founded by Douglas Nelson, a massage therapist in Champaign, Illinois. Practicing since 1977, he has dedicated his career to the science of soft-tissue treatment. His clinic in Champaign sees thousands of people and has been in existence since 1982.


The influences on PNMT are vast and varied. As with any body of knowledge, it comes from a rich history of the hard work of many people from many disciplines. Mr. Nelson’s goal is to apply the investigative principles of science to soft-tissue therapy and share that love of learning with others.


Problem Solving Requires Great Training

Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT) places much higher demand on a therapist’s skills than does more general therapy. To this end, a Precise Neuromuscular Therapist has undergone extensive training and testing to develop the skill level necessary to truly address soft-tissue pain and discomfort.


PNMT is not a series of routines and recipes for various muscular conditions. Therapists trained in PNMT learn to make decisions based on precisely addressing your needs, your body, your individual lifestyle demands. It takes great hand skills, a questioning mind, and the sincere desire to serve.


How is PNMT Different Than General Massage?

PNMT and massage share much in common, yet are also quite different. Here is a list of both:


The goal of general massage is relaxation. The goal of PNMT is problem solving the particular muscular discomfort that you are feeling.


The Similarities

In both, the treatment is hands-on, no equipment is used. The key is the skilled touch of the therapist.


Both massage and PNMT feel wonderful to experience, even though they are different. Massage is a pleasant overall experience. PNMT feels wonderful because it is so directed to the parts of the body you need treated most, rather than a routine that addresses everything.

Both take time to do well. General massage takes time, because each area of the body is addressed equally. PNMT takes time, because the chosen areas of importance are treated extremely thoroughly and thoughtfully. That kind of precision takes time.


The Differences

Massage systematically addresses every body part equally. In PNMT, the whole session is organized around problem solving your particular discomfort. Precision Neuromuscular Therapists are more like soft-tissue detectives trying to uncover the reason for your pain.

Zoning out vs. Tuning in. In massage, often the receiver is totally passive and can drift into never-land if desired. With PNMT, the therapist will need your input and feedback to discover where the restrictions are hiding.

Event vs. Process. Solving a problem that has been going on for several months does not happen in one session. With PNMT, plan on three or four sessions to see a real difference.


What Your PNMT Therapist Will Treat

One of the most important sources of your pain could be Trigger Points; very small-injured areas inside a muscle that refer pain elsewhere. Locating and eliminating trigger points takes skill and patience, but the results can be absolutely amazing. Trigger points are the subject of much current pain research.


What Will Happen In A Session

At the beginning of your session, the therapist will sit down with you to discuss your pain, what makes it worse and what makes it better. What follows is a very thorough examination and investigation into possible muscular causes for your pain.


You will participate in this process in a very pleasant yet engaging way. Your feedback is crucial, so expect to let the therapist know what areas seem important. Our job is to narrow the field of problem muscles, yours is to verify accuracy.


As the therapist addresses more areas, important points and muscles are noted to be readdressed later in the session. You will leave noticing an immediate difference and a clear sense of where we are going and how to get there.



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