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NeuroKinetic Therapy and Pilates Rehabilitation

Neuro Kinetic Therapy (NKT) is an innovative muscle testing and corrective movement system. It is based on the premise that when an injury has occurred, certain muscles shut down or become inhibited, forcing other muscles to become overworked. This compensation pattern can create pain or tightness. Using NKT, I can evaluate the strength or weakness of each muscle, revealing the sources of injury and retraining your body to remove the compensation patterns - reprogramming the body at the neural level.

NKT is helpful within the Pilates context because sometimes we hit plateaus and cannot see what is getting in the way of our improvement. Or sometimes we attempt a more advanced exercise and we know we're cheating through it - our body is compensating to perform the movement rather than drawing on the necessary muscle organisation to build the skill.

You may have noticed that in yourself perhaps by holding your breath, gripping your jaw or gripping your toes when doing certain movements. You can be doing your Pilates anywhere between 1 to 3 times per week but still have some lingering or long standing niggles that you feel the Pilates is not shifting. For example, you do Pilates 2 times a week but you still have a sore lower back when you stand for a long time, sciatica when you get in and out of chairs or reoccurring shoulder pain when you are carrying your baby.

This is where NKT can come in handy. We would use your session to analyse your movement patterns through muscle testing and get to the source of what the issue is. It is as simple as something working too hard and something not working enough. The NKT session is to identify which muscle is underworking, which muscle is overworking and create balance for your body.

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What issues can NKT help with?

  • Stubborn lower back issues
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Carpal tunnel issues
  • Ongoing, unresolved neck pain
  • Hormonal migraines
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Plantarfascitis
  • Ongoing Hip Issues
  • Knee Issues/post knee surgery rehab
  • Golfers/Tennis Elbow
  • Grip issues
  • Reoccurring SIJ instability

To keep doing Pilates on top of pain is just training your body to continually cheat. More often than not, this will lead to injury. Our bodies can only take so much before something has to give. Using NKT, once we find the source of your issue, we can set you up with some homework to be done each day until our next session. This trains your nervous system to fire your muscles in a new and more efficient way thereby resolving your compensation pattern.

Sometimes it can take 2-3 NKT sessions to unravel the layers in our body if the pattern is deeply ingrained. The long term strategy is that we get you moving and breathing better, with more ease and a greater sense of control and bring your well being to the next level!

We all want a challenging workout that leaves us feeling like we've really worked hard and are making a difference to our bodies. It can be frustrating at times to step back and regress to progress. But it will have the greatest impact on your health, strength and overall well being in the long run.