What is Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT)?
Dysfunctional movement and coordination problems originate in the brain. NKT is a corrective movement system that addresses the cause of your dysfunctional movement pattern at their root in something called your cerebellum. The cerebellum is the area at the back and bottom of the brain; it serves as a blueprint for movement patterns and outlines their progression from the beginning of a movement to its end. When this blueprint possesses improper patterns, however, they are only reinforced through frequent, incorrect completion.
Consider a runner with a knee injury; the cerebellum will compensate by diverting the burden to surrounding areas of the leg. This significantly increases the risk of further injury. By addressing movement dysfunctions using this technique you can create long term changes via an exercise routine completely unique to you and your condition.
How does NKT work?
Through the use of muscle testing to identify weaknesses in your ability to coordinate movement and show how these weak movement patterns are interacting with other joints in your body.
Your body learns through failure, it has done your entire life. Imagine when you were a child having to learn to coordinate new movement patterns. You’d have failed the same action hundreds of times before you mastered it, with each time getting ever closer to success. When we make your body aware of poor movement via muscle tests, we create failure and with it a window of opportunity to reprogram the cerebellum, in turn creating more efficient movement consolidated through specific homework exercises.
What are the major benefits of NKT?
- Uses muscle testing to locate the source of your problem
- Achieves long lasting results
- Eliminates enduring patterns of dysfunction from old injuries
- Reduces the effects of repetitive strain injuries
- Improves athletic performance
- Increases range of motion and control throughout the body
- Work can be done fully clothed
- Creates a rehab program completely unique to you and your body
No two people are the same; no two people’s pain is the same, no two injury histories are the same, so using the same rehab routine to treat every single back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain is ludicrous. Looking at the body as one unit covers all bases. Amalgamating NKT with the selective functional movement assessment or SFMA (I will create a future article explaining this system in more detail) creates a powerful recipe for identifying movement issues contributing to your pain, and eradicating them.
If you feel NKT may be of use to yourself or wish to discuss any long or short term issues you’ve been experiencing please give me a call.
Call – 07745 039 485
Email – Ben@BenFedrickInjuryTherapy.co.uk