Neurokinetic Therapy

 In my continual quest to learn more and more about the body I recently took a course called Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT™) in Vancouver. It was a 3 day course that presented an amazing new way of looking at the body, how it functions and what to do when dysfunctions arise. Developed by David Wienstock, L.M.T. in collaboration with several peers in 1985, NKT™ addresses the causes of dysfunction in the body, not the symptoms. Many practitioners including MD's, Physiotherapist, Naturopaths and R.M.T.'s have taken the course over the years and describe it as the missing link in their treatment protocol.

NKT™ as described on their website is a "sophisticated assessment and treatment modality that addresses the causes of dysfunctional movement/coordination problems at their root in the motor control center in the cerebellum. The motor control center stores these patterns and directs their completion through the spinal cord and the muscles. The motor control center learns through failure." There are many examples of how these patterns get mapped in the brain, watching how a baby learns to walk is a great one. However, the patterns may not always be beneficial. This can happen when trauma is introduced into the body's system. David uses whiplash as a prime example.

"[In] a whiplash, the posterior neck muscles become very tight and painful. No matter how much they are manipulated or stretched they stubbornly remain that way. Why? Because the anterior neck muscles are weak and inhibited. Loosening the posterior neck muscles followed by strengthening the anterior neck muscles will reprogram the motor control center. How do we know that the anterior neck muscles are weak or inhibited? Manual muscle testing is employed to assess whether or not a muscle is strong/ facilitated or weak/inhibited. When a muscle tests weak the motor control center perceives this as a failure and is opened to new learning. This presents an opportunity to use the NeuroKinetic Therapy™ corrective movement system protocol of test-release-retest to reprogram the motor control center. Correcting these dysfunctional movement patterns is an essential component of rehabilitative therapy."

Not all corrections are this clean and sometimes need some further investigation and history intake. But the premise remains the same; if there is dysfunction in the body one must correct the movement patterning that is happening within the brain before long term healing can happen to the tissues involved.

Needless to say I'm very excited about this new understanding of how the body works and have slowly begun to incorporate NKT™ into my daily treatments. I've see first hand how utilizing the techniques I've learned can really impact the outcome of my treatments and alleviate long stubborn issues. I look forward to taking more upper level courses in this technique and becoming fully certified in level one this spring.

If you'd like to learn more check out the NKT™ website, or find them on Facebook. The community that surrounds this technique is very open and encouraging. There are many firsthand stories about how NKT™ has helped people as well as detailed, yet simple to understand, explanations of the body available to anyone looking to learn more. A fellow NKT™'er Shawn Kitzman has started a Facebook page "Synergy Functional Anatomy" where for the next year he will have short posts about all the major muscles in the body.

NKT™ may not address every ailment out there, but can give great insight into what may be causing dysfunction. If you have a stubborn issue that dosen't seem to get resolved or would just like to check out what this is all about feel free to book in with me in the near future. The more I am able to practice and help people correct any dysfunctional patterns the better. As Shawn is always quick to remind those of us in the community, "Practice makes improvement."

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