What is Neurokinetic Therapy?
When I say to people we are going to use NKT on their injuries, they often look at me a little bizarrely as they’ve never heard of it before. So I thought I’d explain a bit more about NKT, how it works and why it’s so powerful at reversing painful injuries quickly and effortlessly.
To do this a little background information is required about the cause of injuries. Obviously, for many of us the initial cause of an injury is some sort of impact. However, sometimes injuries just seem to either gradually flare up or come out of nowhere.
For example if you are sprinting and suddenly get a painful hamstring or bend over and feel pain in the lower back. It is often assumed to be a random occurrence and you either need to strengthen the muscle, stretch it or just rest.
Assuming there’s no structural issue, it tends to be a little more complicated than this. Until you know why it happened, fixing the problem is practically impossible. Enter our myofascial web. When we originally learned about the body and how we moved, a vital piece of information was literally cut away. This is our fascia and it covers every muscle from head to toe in various different sling patterns.
Unfortunately, it covered up all our pretty muscles. So before looking at muscles and how they functioned this would have to be cut away, to allow a better view of the muscles. This in turn made people see each muscle as an individual entity with only one job.
The bicep flexed your elbow joint, the calf extended the foot and so on. However, new research has shown us that everything is more complicated. The fascia that runs over our muscles also connects them all – similar to a spiders web.
This understanding has completely changed how we view the working body. Although the bicep still flexes the elbow. The muscles in the neck, shoulder and throughout the whole body can also help to flex the elbow. When the muscles contract, it affects other joints and muscles in the same way as when one part of a spider’s web is damaged it affects other parts. One contracting muscle will pull on fascia throughout the body affecting movement in another area.
So what does this have to do with your aches, pains and injuries? Good question!
Although we like to think of our body as individual muscles, our brain doesn’t work that way. All it wants to do is perform a movement and it will use whatever muscles it deems appropriate to perform the movement. Knowing how our fascial system works, it turns out this could be any muscle. Often the wrong muscle!
For example:- after hours of sitting down our glutes (bum muscles) become very inactive and we then overuse other muscles. These are often the lower back and hamstrings to develop movement throughout the hip joint.
At this point we have become functionally dysfunctional. We are able to continue our day to day movement – just with a dysfunctional muscle pattern. Eventually either the muscles we overuse or underuse then become painful and start to cause issues. Only now do we feel there is a problem even though it could have been around for a long time.
This is where NKT comes in, as we are able to test each muscle in an isolated pattern where it is extremely difficult for other muscles to take over and see if it is able to perform its movement. If the muscles are not able to perform their movement, we know those muscles are not working properly in our day to day activities.
Once again with NKT we figure out what muscles are overworking. Next we perform massage or stretches to down regulate these muscles and then activate the under-working muscles. Doing this rewires our brain’s motor control centre re-teaching it the correct muscle activation pattern. The end result is that we use the right muscles to perform our movements and the aches and pains we have simply go away.