Neurokinetic Therapy (often called NKT) is a type of natural therapeutic system that has the goal of correcting learned movements and muscle functions within the body that can contribute to poor posture, joint tenderness, and muscular pain.
Normally movement memories are extremely useful and beneficial, but they can become problematic following an injury or overuse. When one muscle is overused or strained, the body adapts by creating muscle compensations. These compensations then get stored into the Motor Control Center and can be hard to break without precise interventions.
The goal of NKT, therefore, is to reteach corrected muscle movements. An NKT practitioner is similar to a physical therapist in that they help patients to practice movements over and over again using proper form. Eventually, these corrected movements replace incorrect muscle compensations.
Some of the conditions that NKT can be used to help correct and heal include:
- Injuries caused by trauma or impact (such as car accidents)
- Low back pain
- Neck and jaw pain (including whiplash and TMJ)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Injuries including strains, tears, and pulls (in the shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles, wrists, etc.)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Bursitis and tendonitis
- Pain caused by improper form and compensations developed during athletics/exercise
Neurokinetic therapy is often used to help treat patients recovering from accidents, trauma or impact, and athletic injuries. This can include neck strains, whiplash, concussions and spinal problems that cause back pain. Due to compensations/overuse, accidents are commonly tied to headaches/migraines, bulging discs, nerve damage, numbness and trouble sleeping.
Benefits of NKT for those recovering from injuries include:
- Long-lasting pain relief
- Improved muscle relaxation and reduced tension
- Protection from a future pain that returns due to old injuries
- Reduced swelling, spasming and tenderness
- Return of normal range of motion, functionality, and strength
Benefits of NKT that apply to athletes include:
- Improved balance, posture and coordination
- Reduced spasms
- Increased range of motion, strength, and stamina
- Faster muscle recovery with less fatigue or tenderness
- Injury prevention