NeuroKinetic Therapy®, known as Neuromuscular Reprogramming® (NMR®) in its previous incarnation, is an innovative and relatively new method of bodywork and muscle therapy which utilizes manual muscle testing to assess dysfunctions of the coordination system of the brain resulting from traumatic injury, over use, under use, repetitive stress, postural stress, etc. It cues the brain for new learning resulting in immediate correction of neuromuscular imbalances. NKT® works with the body’s organizational intelligence, addressing pain at its source: the motor control center of the brain. Practitioners can quickly and accurately correct the dysfunctional postural and movement patterns that are the source of most mystifying chronic pain and degeneration of the muscles and joints.
NeuroKinetic Therapy® works by communicating with the motor control center of the brain. Most musculoskeletal pain is caused by imbalances of neurological origins wherein some muscles are overactive, while others are inaccessible by the brain. Using manual muscle testing, the neuromuscular patterns governing these movements are accessed in the brain’s motor-control center and can be “edited” for greater efficiency. This process allows NKT® to yield faster and longer-lasting results than many other techniques.
NKT® uses strategy, not force to achieve results. It can provide solutions for conditions that have not responded to previous treatments. This advanced therapy blends well with and is the perfect adjunct to other treatments such as chiropractic, physical therapy and acupuncture.
Some of the benefits of NKT® include:
- Uses muscle testing to locate the source of the problem
- Achieves faster, longer-lasting results than many methods
- Eliminates enduring patterns of dysfunction from old injuries
- Reduce the effects of repetitive stress injuries
- Enhances athletic performance
- Quickly improves muscle coordination
- Increases range of motion, energy, strength and stamina throughout the body
- Work is done with clothes on for maximum comfort
- Coupled with corrective exercises for maximum benefit
A Brief History & Explanation of NKT
NeuroKinetic Therapy was developed in 1985 by David Weinstock and has since gained exposure around the world. The system intends to treat both acute and chronic injuries on the spot while outlining a custom, individualized program of exercise for the patient to practice at home for ongoing rehabilitation.
Dysfunctional movement and coordination problems originate in the brain. The cerebellum’s “motor control center” 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 motor control center will compensate by diverting the burden to surrounding areas of the leg. This significantly increases the risk of further injury.
You’ll find often, even when the root cause for dysfunction or improper movement is treated, the sufferer will persist to use the improper compensatory movements. They have become so ingrained within the motor control center. Only a disciplined system of therapy practiced by a skilled and licensed practitioner can set one on a road to recovery.