NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT)

NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT)

Ever wonder why repeated treatment to the same area(s) of your body isn’t getting you the desired result? It could be that the wrong area(s) are being treated and we find that often. But what if the correct area is being treated and it’s still not working? Factors such as direct trauma, repetitive stress, asymmetric loading patterns (posture, sport, work…etc) cause you (more specifically the motor control center in your brain) to adapt and compensate around problem areas. It does this by forcing your body to rely more on certain structures because other structures involved in that movement/activity are not doing their job efficiently.

NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) is a manual therapy approach that combines motor control theory and manual muscle testing to identify WHY certain structures of the body have become dysfunctional. The science of motor control theory states that the motor control center in the cerebellum stores all the coordination patterns of the body. It is directed by the limbic system and the cerebral cortex to not only create movement patterns (such as when a baby learns to stand), but also to create substitute movement patterns when we are injured. This process is called compensation / adaption. When the compensation wears out, our body has two choices: cause pain so we stop or it will adapt into a new compensatory pattern. When the body has no other avenues of compensation, it will usually produce pain in a location much further from the original dysfunctional site. This is where NKT comes in. Once the dysfunction pattern is identified, treatment consists of manual release of one tissue followed immediately by activation/stimulation of another tissue that it is compensating for. This completes a reset of the pattern eliminating the reason WHY a specific tissue has become/remained dysfunctional.

Specific homework is then given to the patient to maintain the motor reprogramming. This is why rehabilitation should never be a cookie cutter process. Just because something feels tight, doesn’t necessarily mean you should stretch / massage it. Also just because something feels weak, doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be strengthened. We need to find the reason WHY something is tight and/or weak and tie it all together. Movement dysfunction / injuries are specific to an individual…so should be their treatment/rehabilitation program.

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