Leah Drew LMT, CPT, NKT, ANF

Pain Management Specialist

Movement & Rehab Specialist

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Neurokinetic Therapy®

What is NKT?

Neurokinetic Therapy is a corrective movement system that uses an assessment & treatment approach to addresses the causes of pain & dysfunctional movement patterns at their root in the motor control center of the brain. This MCC coordinates, stores, and directs these messages through the spinal cord and to the muscles as it learns through failure.

Example: A baby learning to stand. Through many attempts and failures the baby finally stands after learning how to accomplish the task successfully.

Why do we develop compensation patterns?

When the body experiences an injury of any kind, the brain very intelligently sends messages to avoid the pain experience. Similar to following a detour sign, you end up at the same destination by taking a different road to avoid the construction. This leads to the improper firing of the nervous system & muscular skeletal system, and over time causes pain, discomfort & inflammation due to other areas of the body compensating to allow this faulty movement pattern. The body adapts to these compensation patterns and holds them in its memory until trained to change.

 

Example: A whiplash accident in which the posterior neck muscles often brace for the anterior neck muscles.

How does NKT change my movement patterns?

NKT determines which muscles/movements are weak and what is causing the weakness. Releasing the overworking muscle & activating the inhibited pattern retrains the body (creating new neural pathways) to take away the detour sign & start using the original road again, ultimately resulting in pain free movement.