NeuroKinetic Therapy

Do you have reoccurring muscle tightness or pain? Or have hit a serious plateau with your strength training? The brain, no matter what exercise you do or how often you release something, will not send that area any neural energy if there is a dysfunctional movement pattern operating. That’s why it’s so important to test function to make sure everything is working properly.

At Hobart Performance we use NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) as our assessment tool to identify the cause of muscle pain, tightness and poor strength. The therapy is non-invasive and uses simple manual muscle and perturbation tests.

While we are physically testing the muscles, we are actually assessing the nervous system, which controls our movement patterns through the Motor Control Centre in our brain.

When you get a painful or tight muscle do you wonder why? If there is no physical trauma to the area then the issue is often the result of a faulty movement pattern that may have developed due to injury, surgery, scarring, poor biomechanics and/or postural changes. 

Often this pain or tightness is a symptom and not the cause, meaning if we just release “tight” muscles, mobilise “locked up” joints or strengthen “weak” muscles without assessing why, then we will not change or correct the faulty movement pattern and thus the problem will still exist and relief is temporary at best. 

If you are experiencing pain, muscle tension or injury then it may be the result of a faulty movement pattern.

With NKT we test and retest muscles in specific relation to each other to identify if they have a dysfunctional relationship. Generally one muscle will be under working (neurologically under active) and the other will be over working (neurologically over active). For example, if you have a tight and sore calf (Posterior Tibialis) it is common to find the same side hip flexor (Psoas) under working.

When an over working muscle and its under working partner have been identified we can then more effectively treat the cause. Generally treatment involves releasing the over working muscle and activating the under working muscle. This ‘reprograms’ the nervous system with a new neural pathway. In the example above we would release the Posterior Tibialis through Remedial Massage and activate the Psoas through simple movements.

To ensure that the new neural pathway becomes strong and over rides the old dysfunctional one to create lasting change, we empower you with a simple daily exercise program that takes no more than a few minutes.

If you have an injury that is recurring or a tight muscle that doesn’t seem to relax despite multiple treatments then why not contact us to see if NKT can find the solution.