NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) is both as assessment and treatment system designed to locate and resolve dysfunctional neuromuscular relationships, allowing proper restoration of muscular balance.
Neurokinetic Therapy was co-developed by David Weinstock, author of Neurokinetic Therapy, an Innovative Approach to Manual Muscle Testing, in the mid-1980s. More information on Neurokinetic Therapy is available on their website NeurokineticTherapy.com. The NeuroKinetic Therapy™ corrective movement system protocol employing a system of precise muscle tests has the ability to change the programming of the Motor Control Center (MCC) in the cerebellum. The MCC coordinates all movement patterns in the body. It learns through failure.
Muscles can become inhibited by the brain in response to injury, overuse, or misuse patterns. When a muscle, is inhibited and not functioning properly, other structures will compensate for this loss of function. Over time, this compensation pattern can become ingrained as the "New Normal". While the compensation pattern allows us to complete the task the brain is trying to do, it is not as efficient as using the proper muscles. This often leads to pain and/or loss of function. Left unresolved, this can lead to further injury.
Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) focuses on restoring function by addressing the neurological connection of muscles to the Motor Control Center in the brain. This reprogramming is accomplished through the use of a specific protocol administered by a trained practitioner. Muscles are tested to determine which ones may be weak, indicating a dysfunctional relationship, the practitioner will then reactivate proper muscle firing in the affected muscle. Once proper firing patterns are restored, the neurological connection and pattern must be reinforced to reduce the likelihood of going back to the dysfunctional pattern. This is done through a series of exercises designed to reinforce the proper functional patterns.
Neurokinetic Therapy is used in conjunction with other therapies to produce incredible results. NKT blends well with Active Release Techniques (ART), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Kinesiology Taping, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).
Matt DeWild at Advanced Soft Tissue Health Solutions is the Neurokinetic Therapy Provider for Iowa and the greater Illinois Quad Cities Region.
Many pain and soft tissue conditions can benefit from the Neurokinetic Therapy approach. Some common conditions we treat include: Neck Pain, Whiplash, Headaches, Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ), Shoulder Pain, Rotator Cuff, Upper Back Pain, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), Elbow Pain, Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow), Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow), Wrist Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Low Back Pain, Hip Pain, Femoral Acetablular Impingement Syndrome (FAIS), Knee pain, Ankle pain, Weak ankles, Foot Pain, Plantar fasciitis, and many more.