NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system is an advanced therapy that can be used as both an assessment and rehabilitative technique that utilizes manual muscle testing to assess and correct dysfunctions of the coordination system of the brain.  These dysfunctions commonly result from traumatic injury, over-use, under-use, repetitive stress, postural stress, etc. These neuromuscular impediments to proper movement are eliminated resulting in immediate correction of imbalances and compensation patterns. 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. A good example is a baby learning to stand. Through many attempts and failures the baby finally achieves success. But how? The MCC chooses the most successful attempts until standing happens without “thinking” about it. Conversely, after an injury, the MCC adapts to a compensation pattern and holds that in its memory forever unless it is convinced to change. A good example is a whiplash accident in which the posterior neck muscles brace for the anterior neck muscles. This pattern can endure forever unless there is some intervention. When an NeuroKinetic Therapy™ corrective movement system practitioner tests the weak anterior neck muscles, they fail thus opening the MCC to new learning. After the balance is restored, the MCC is “reprogrammed” and recognizes the anterior neck muscles. To complete the reprogramming, specific rehab exercises are assigned to “burn in” the new functional pattern. 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. NeuroKinetic Therapy® works by engaging the motor-control center of the brain. Most musculoskeletal pain is caused by imbalances of neurologic origin where some muscles are over-stimulated and others are under-stimulated. Using manual muscle testing, the neuromuscular patterns governing these movements are optimized in the brain's motor-control center. 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. 

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 ("homework") for maximum benefit

A Brief History & Explanation of NKT

NeuroKinetic Therapy was co-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 that often, even when the root cause for dysfunction or improper movement is treated, the sufferer will continue to use the improper compensatory movements. They have become deeply ingrained within the motor control center. A comprehensive system of therapy and corrective exercise practiced by a skilled and licensed practitioner can set one on a road to recovery.

Neurokinetic Therapy™ and Sports

Many professional sports teams are using Neurokinetic Therapy™ to keep their athletes in top performance, prevent injuries, and heal injuries fast. Many baseball players turn to Neurokinetic Therapy™ when they sustain a rotator cuff injury. For some of these pitchers, this type of therapy is used before surgery. It can help heal their injury without the need for surgery. If surgery is in order, these players will use Neurokinetic Therapy™ during their rehabilitation process. Athletes in all shapes, sizes and forms, are turning to Neurokinetic Therapy™. There is little doubt that Neurokinetic Therapy™ can increase an athlete’s performance, the risk of injury is lowered, and it will help in the recovery of an existing ailment. Neurokinetic Therapy™ can give you the edge that may significantly increase your speed, endurance, focus, strength, balance, coordination, and accuracy when you need them most.

Diagnosing sports injuries through Neurokinetic Therapy

Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) consists of a series of specific muscle tests to determine muscle compensation patterns specific to everyone. Muscles that become painful are often tight from being overworked due to under-utilized muscles elsewhere. With the use of NKT Therapy, new motor programs are established with the use of soft tissue releases and corrective exercises to combat chronically tight muscles and lingering pain. Kinetic Therapy is an innovative approach to manually testing the muscles throughout the pain points and the linked areas of the body. I will take you through a variety of muscle tests throughout the entire body with Neurokinetic Therapy. Light pressure is applied to the body, so I can evaluate the strength or weakness of the neurological connection from the brain to each muscle. Revealing an inhibited muscle throughout the entire kinetic chain, will help to reveal the source of injury and the compensation mechanism responsible for pain. My clients can expect to receive specific home exercises so your body can reprogram faulty movement patterns following a Neurokinetic Therapy session.

Moving forward with Neurokinetic Therapy

The ability to diagnose an injury and treat it properly so an athlete can return to optimal strength isn’t an easy task. We all know athletes are chomping at the bit to get back as quickly as possible. But patience is the key. However, I believe using Neurokinetic therapy to diagnose sports injuries will help you get back to ultimate performance quicker and without set back. Understanding the way your body moves through pain and how it’s been compensating for that improper function is key to your recovery. I believe in NKT and would love to speak with you, learn more about your sports injury, and discuss how Neurokinetic therapy can help you in more detail.

Certified NeuroKinetic Therapist