What is NeuroKinetic Therapy?
NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) is a method used to restore proper function to the body. It is a specialized form of treatment that, when appropriate, can be an addition to your physiotherapy rehab. Here at Triada Health, Veronica Rovosky is also trained in NKT and ready to meet you on your rehab journey.
With NKT, we don’t want to just treat the symptoms; we want to find out where it is coming from. When treating any condition the goal is to figure out the root cause of that problem. This way we can get rid of the pain faster and reduce the risk of it returning.
We can often easily identify where the area of physical pain/discomfort/lack of mobility manifests but is that the area that we need to treat? NeuroKinetic Therapy techniques help us to determine where the issue is really coming from. Any muscle in the body could be influencing another muscle somewhere else. So this requires some detective work from your therapist.
Why do we get pain?
Pain arises when specific structures are overworking and others are underworking. So we need to figure out where these imbalances lie. We do this using NKT muscle testing to help determine which structures are doing too much work and which ones are doing too little. Additionally, old injuries, poor postures, surgeries, and repetitive movements can all cause compensations to form in the body. In this case, the body will try to recruit other muscles to try to help it perform the same task. This may work for a bit, but after a while, this compensation strategy will break down and can cause pain.
What does a physiotherapy session with NKT look like?
We start by looking at your range of motion and how you move. Based on our findings, we start the muscle testing. Once we determine the strong and weak muscles, we then use release techniques on the strong muscles and implement strengthening to engage the weak muscles. Every session is hands-on, and you’ll be given corrective exercises for home.
Conditions that can be treated with NKT
- Poor posture
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Low back pain
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Plantar Fasciitis