Motor Control Therapy (MCT)

If you cannot move HOW you want to, WHEN you want to — easily and without pain — the problem is not just with your muscles, tissue, and bones (the MOTOR); it’s with the operating system that resides in your Brain (CONTROL).

What is Motor Control Therapy?

Animals with spines, such as humans, have bodies that have evolved to move under the direct control of their brains. This is Motor Control: the ability of the brain to direct specific appropriate muscle groups in coordinated movements.

Movement problems develop in our bodies when injured muscles continuously send feedback through the nervous system to the brain indicating pain and dysfunction. CONTROL’s response is to initiate compensatory movement patterns in the MOTOR intended to prevent further injury and compensate for lack of muscular ability.

But, this non-intuitive, non-authentic movement eventually results in chronic pain, awkwardness, and a lack of ability to move as you wish. MCT enables us to solve these movement problems at their source.

So tell me about the therapist –

Michael Talbot has seventeen years of experience (ten of them here at Psoas) resolving motor control issues, with a background that began with a BS in Physiological Psychology. After beginning a career in bodywork as a Deep Tissue therapist, Michael studied and became expert at NeuroMuscular Reprogramming® and NeuroKinetic Therapy®, two of the more advanced modalities that address neuromuscular issues.

Over the course of attending to thousands of clients’ pain and movement dysfunctions, his work has evolved into this coherent, systematic modality called MOTOR CONTROL THERAPY (MCT).

What happens during a Motor Control Therapy session?

An initial MCT session begins with a thorough discussion of your symptoms and a detailed look at your physical history – things such as car accidents, sports injuries, bad falls, past occupations, and past sports activities. We also discuss how you currently use your body – your occupation, sport/activities, and hobbies.

Every MCT session is both physically and verbally interactive. You remain fully clothed. Depending on your condition, you may be asked to sit, stand, or walk about the room, at various times throughout the session. While on the treatment table, the therapist moves you into various positions and determines which muscles your brain can engage and which ones it cannot. Throughout the session, the therapist alternates between releasing and activating the muscles that are relevant to your condition.

Beginning with the first session, normal sensory/motor connectivity can be re-established and as a result, comfortable, intuitive movement returns. Significant change is immediate, both in the ability to engage muscles in a smooth, coordinated manner, and in a significant reduction in chronic pain.

Is MCT for me?

Some of the conditions that Michael treats on a regular basis include: neck, shoulder and upper back immobility, whiplash, sciatica, knee/leg/hip/ankle pain, cervical spine injuries, rotator cuff impingements, wrist and elbow immobility, and much more.

The work is equally effective at addressing repetitive stress conditions, athletic injuries, and physical trauma. Clients range from those with chronic workplace and postural challenges to highly athletic, maximum performance oriented individuals.

Please feel free to call the clinic at 415.227.0331 with any specific questions about MCT.