Chronic Pain, Injury Recovery
NeuroKinetic Therapy is a unique scheme of manual therapy that combines motor control theory with manual muscle testing.
The science of motor control theory
The movement starts in the brain. The limbic system, the part of brain that controls emotions, motivation, long term memory, and other functions, tells us what we want (example lift an object of the floor). This information travels to our cerebral cortex that selects a strategy and then motor control center MCC (in the cerebellum) where movement patterns are coordinated, determines what to do now. This message travels to the spine whose instructs 'do it'. From the spine, this neural message finally arrives at a muscle where 'doing it' happens.
If injury (injury, trauma, RSI, postural injuries) occurs, certain muscles can become inhibited, not able to function the correct way. MCC will create substitute movement patterns. If these patterns continue, pain, difficult movement - dysfunctional movement will follow.
Our brain learns from failing. When a muscle or movement is being tested and the test fails the MCC enliven. Manual muscle testing helps us to find muscles that are dysfunctional in relationship to other muscles. Muscles work together in kinetic chains, which means one movement involves many muscles. We find that muscles that work together synergists or functional opposites (flexion-extension, abdominals - back extensors, muscles that are a part of the same mechanism such as breathing and other movement mechanics) are often in relation in the movement dysfunction.
NeuroKinetic Therapy can not only identify the cause of pain and dysfunction but can also correct it quickly and quite painlessly.
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Some of the most common complaints (chronic or acute*) that can be addressed with Neurokinetic Therapy:
- Musculoskeletal pain, stiffness, discomfort and reduced range of movement of the joints.
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunctions
- plantar fasciitis
- piriformis syndrome
- jumper's/hiker's knee
- tennis/golfers elbow
- frozen shoulder
- TMJ dysfunction (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction causing pain, clicking in the jaw)
- hip impingement
- muscular fatigue
Neurokinetic Therapy can be a very valuable tool to implement to post-injury rehabilitation and post-operation recovery.
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