NeuroKinetic Therapy® treats a cause of movement dysfunction and not the symptoms (pain, discomfort reduced range of joint movement). Corrective movement system addresses dysfunctional movement patterns stored in the brain. It is the missing link in the physical therapy treatment.
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 the brain that control emotions, motivation, long-term memory and other functions, tell us what we want (example lift an object off the floor). This information travels to our cerebral cortex that selects a strategy and then motor control centre MCC (in the cerebellum) where movement patterns are coordinated, determines what to do now. This message travels to 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 in the correct way. MMC 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 MMC enliven. Manual muscle testing helps us to find muscles that are dysfunctional in relation to other muscles. Muscles work together in kinetic chains, that 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 mechanis) 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.