What is Neurokinetic Therapy?

Neurokinetic Therapy, developed by David Weinstock (USA) over the past 30 years, is a technique that is fast growing in popularity internationally with bodyworkers and personal trainers.

The technique uses a modified system of muscle testing in order to gain information on how the brain recruits and coordinates muscles for its movement patterns.

Dysfunctional movement patterns occur when the body experiences trauma, injury, overuse, repetitive strains, and poor postural habits. These dysfunctional patterns lead to the brain employing less efficient compensatory patterns, causing muscles to become overactive and underactive in their stimulus to the brain. These imbalances lead to pain, but not necessarily in the location of the original problem.
For example, you may have an ankle sprain which then creates compensation patterns as you try and stay away from the ankle pain. Over time, the ankle sprain pain goes away, but your brain uses the compensation patterns set up from the sprain as default movement patterns which in turn throw your opposite hip into pain as your brain tries to move away from the original site of pain. Suddenly you have a site of pain with no apparent cause. Working on that hip will temporarily ease the pain, but failing to correct the compensation pattern will mean the root cause is still present and the hip pain will inevitably return.

Using Neurokinetic Therapy’s unique form of muscle testing, I can identify the dysfunctional patterns so that they can be reset with the body’s motor control centre, the brain.

​Of course, creating any habit, good or bad, takes repetition. You will be sent off with simple homework to do each day, consisting of the release and strengthening of an identified pair of muscles from the session. The homework exercises take no longer than 3 minutes to do, so repeating them a few times daily makes moving beyond pain easily and empowers you, the client, to get yourself out of pain.

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