NeuroKinetic Therapy® or NKT® is a sophisticated form of manual therapy that combines motor control theory and manual muscle testing. 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.
When a muscle is inhibited for whatever reason, the motor control center will find a substitute muscle to perform the function. If this pattern is allowed to remain in the motor control center, dysfunction and pain will follow. How then can we undo this dysfunctional pattern?
It is of utmost importance to identify the causes of dysfunction so that you can be more effective in treating the symptoms. A good assessment technique is a powerful tool in figuring out the causes. NeuroKinetic Therapy, with its use of manual muscle testing and motor control theory, is an excellent assessment technique. Here is a good example. A client comes to see at Neurokinetic Therapist after a car accident with cervical whiplash. They have terrible pain in the back neck muscles as well as the upper trapezius. What does the therapist do first? Do they work on the posterior neck muscles and the upper trapezius? The answer would be no. Why? The pain in those areas is the symptom and not the cause.
The cause usually is weakness in the front neck muscles and the lats. The therapist will start by testing the strength of those muscles which will most likely be weak. To get them reconnected they must first release the posterior neck muscles and the upper trapezius and then retest the anterior neck muscles and the lats. This gets repeated until the weak muscles become strong. This is an example of reciprocal inhibition.
The motor control center in the cerebellum has created a dysfunctional movement pattern, due to trauma, that keeps the posterior neck muscles and the upper trapezius continually facilitated. By testing, releasing, and retesting [the NeuroKinetic Therapy protocol], one can reprogram the dysfunction in the motor control center.
The use of an effective assessment technique such as NeuroKinetic Therapy is indispensable in identifying the causes. When the causes of dysfunction are successfully treated, the symptoms resolve and the results obtained are long-lasting.