Neurokinetic Therapy® – Will I actually be massaged?
|What is NKT? NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system is a sophisticated bodywork modality that can be used as both an assessment and rehabilitative technique for low back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, and many other conditions. It is based on motor control center theory, neuroscience and functional anatomy and was developed by David Weinstock.
How does it work?
NKT identifies muscle imbalances by using a system of precise muscle tests to determine what muscles are inactive and which muscles compensate for them. This innovative approach allows the therapist to locate and treat the source of the pain rather then treating the symptoms with a full body massage. NKT offers a specific treatment plan which includes a release of the most tight muscle in the body (determined in the session by muscle testing) and a corrective exercise technique to restore proper movement patterns and reprogram the motor control center.
When my clients kept returning to me because of the same nagging pain, asking for more of my soothing, oily, comforting touch, I was desperately in need for a longer pain relief solution. I was thinking (and there is plenty of time for a massage therapist to think) that somehow I’m missing a link and am not addressing the real cause of the problem. Instead, I am only chasing it. Unfortunately, in the 6 short months of education required for bodywork licensure, there was not enough time for learning about the behavior of a dysfunctional body and how all systems interact within. Thankfully, there were tons of continuing education opportunities offered, and I was lucky to find NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT).
Neuro refers to the nerves and kinetic refers to movement. I tried to explain this to clients, but it sounded overwhelming for those who wanted the traditional “magic touch”. After using NKT on a rather open-minded portion of my clientele, I quickly realized that my search for a long-term pain relief solution has ended. I began treating the cause of dysfunction, not the symptoms. This showed marvelous results and wowed the desperate chronic pain sufferers on how fast their pain has diminished.
I won’t try to reinvent the wheel and will just copy the description of NKT from its website: NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system addresses the cause of pain – dysfunctional movement patterns stored in the brain. The NKT protocol that employs a system of precise muscle tests has the ability to change the programming of the Motor Control Center, which coordinates all movement patterns in the body. It is a sophisticated bodywork modality that can be used as both an assessment and rehabilitative technique for low back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel, and other injuries. That simple!:) Lets break it down. With NKT we can:
· Define what part of your body doesn’t work properly (is dysfunctional)
· Find the body part (muscle, ligament, or even a scar) that is compensating/overworking for the previously mentioned “lazy” dysfunctional part
· Teach your body to engage the “lazy” part for movement rather then overused and hurting compensator
Have you ever felt a certain body part to be tight? You felt the need to stretch it, even bought a foam roller but after several hours there was no improvement? Please don’t think that you didn’t spend enough time doing yoga, foam rolling or stretching. Consider that stretching may just not be enough.
Imagine: you and your partner are both working full time. One day your partner has played too much sport and is hurt to the point of not being able to work, so, completely dysfunctional. Now you are the only one working fulltime, getting groceries, fixing dinners, and taking care of your partner. How will you feel after a month, a year or even 10 years? I imagine you will be hurting physically and emotionally. It would be helpful to rest, but the partner needs to return to work for you to truly relax. The same goes for your muscles.
Some body parts become inactive for example due to an injury, underuse, repetitive strain, sleeping habits, and modern life routine like computer/cellphone usage and /driving/flying/sitting for long hours. When we attempt to engage in activities that require muscles we haven’t used in a while injuries can happen. It is very important to create a balance at the time of your massage therapist visit.
To answer the standard question “Will I actually be massaged?” – Yes, you will. With help of NKT we are not just going to massage the site of complaint but also fire up the non-working site. Not doing a full body massage will restore a balance and functionality of your body where pain has no room.