Quick Tip: Do you know how NeuroKinetic Therapy can help you?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Bodywork Techniques, Careers, Health and Wellness


If you come in to the studio regularly, you may have heard the term NeuroKinetic Therapy or NKT spoken by a therapist or at the front desk. Your therapist may have even mentioned that you see our NKT therapist, Michael Talbot, to supplement your treatment plan. NeuroKinetic Therapy is a great resource Psoas is unique in offering as a massage and bodywork studio. While still a relatively unfamiliar modality to most, it’s benefits are crucial in truly resetting neuro movement mechanics and eliminating any associated chronic pain.  Read more about this sophisticated bodywork below to get a better understanding on whether NKT can be beneficial for you.

What is Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT)?

NKT is a bodywork modality that works to correct movement patterns by addressing the brain-body (neurological-muscular) connection. It is derived in large part from the science of Kinesiology.

Why look at the brain if my hip is injured?

Even though you may not realize it, it doesn’t take very long after your hip is injured for your brain to begin to compensate for the way you walk. Your brain initiates substitute movement patterns in certain muscles to compensate for the injured ones. Those muscles become over-used, tight, and sore, and after only a short time the pattern can become chronic.

Can’t the problem be solved by working on the painful muscles?

Addressing painful and achy muscles can definitely make you feel better for a while, but without addressing the neurological component, the effects often don’t last. Compensation patterns are programmed and controlled by your brain so for a full recovery both the muscle fibers and the neurological component need to be addressed.

So how does NKT actually affect the brain?

If we stimulate muscle tissue along certain pathways called kinetic chains, we can communicate with the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls movement, balance, and coordination. If the muscle is stimulated at the proper moment, a message is sent from the brain to the muscle tissue that begins the proper sequence of muscle contraction, thereby correcting the substitute movement pattern.

What should I expect during an NKT session? Is it like massage?

NKT is a manual, hands-on therapy, but does not feel like a massage as there are very few flowing movements. We recommend wearing shorts and a loose fitting shirt for this more clinical style session. Your therapist will use an advanced form of muscle testing to identify the painful, over-contracted muscles and then with deep focused manual pressure will release those muscles. The amount of pressure applied is moderate and need not be intense. More muscle testing will follow to be sure that the necessary changes are made. Your therapist will may ask that you refrain from your regular exercise for a short time after the session to more effectively maintain the changes made during the session.

What difference will I notice?

When the release is complete and the substitute movement patterns corrected, pain will often be significantly reduced or will disappear completely. Clients consistently report that they feel much more energetic and have more freedom of movement throughout their bodies.

Maximum athletic performance is often undermined by problems with motor control. Many athletes have seen their power, coordination and comfort improve dramatically after just a few sessions of NKT. Be sure to schedule your NKT sessions during breaks between events or training to allow changes to be made.

What conditions can NKT help me with?

Many clients with chronic conditions such as sciatica, whiplash, back pain, athletic injuries, knee and hip pain, shoulder dysfunction, core weakness, and neck pain can benefit significantly from a few NKT sessions.