"I am amazed, 14 years of back pain gone, When I left Sam's session I was expecting, as usual, to sit in to my car and experience the usual lower back niggles. They weren't there! I went to the gym that evening and could do many exercises I had previously struggled with due to back pain. You know the one if you've experienced back pain, that horrible small movement that gets you every time. Thankfully. I have said good bye to that. Take advantage of Sam's FREE session. I am glad I did. I was skeptical at first, however withing 5 minutes of the session Sam explained the why behind the cause of pain. I now return regularly as I feel so much better for a tune up too. My energy and sleep quality have improved tremendously." Nick F, North Shields.
WHETHER YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN PAIN, OR SUFFER FROM A MOVEMENT DYSFUNCTION, NKT HAS THE POWER TO HELP YOU. OFTEN THE MAIN CAUSE OF PAIN OR DYSFUNCTION IS AN IMBALANCE IN THE BODIES MOVEMENT SYSTEMS. BY UNDERSTANDING THE CAUSE OF THIS, SPECIFIC TO YOU, WE CAN RE-ESTABLISH QUALITY MOVEMENT ALLOWING YOU TO BE PAIN FREE AND MOVING EFFECTIVELY.
IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO IS LOOKING TO OPTIMISE PERFORMANCE, ENERGY AND HEALTH NKT IS FOR YOU. AS WE CAN IDENTIFY MOVEMENT DYSFUNCTION, ESTABLISH THE CAUSE, RESET THIS, ALLOWING YOU TO MOVE MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.
HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
WE GET A BACKGROUND ON YOUR HEALTH, THROUGH EFFECTIVE QUESTIONING. ESTABLISH WHY YOU HAVE PAIN, WHETHER THROUGH ACCIDENT OR OTHERWISE, ASSESS THE LOCAL AREA, THEN GO WIDER TO SEE OTHER INFLUENCES ON YOUR SITE OF PAIN. WE TEST THROUGH MUSCLE TESTING TECHNIQUES UNIQUE TO NKT TO UNDERSTAND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MUSCLES AND OTHER BODY PARTS
HOW LONG DO THE SESSIONS LAST?
YOU CAN BOOK IN 30 MINUTE OR 60 MINUTE CONSULTATIONS.
WHERE ARE THE SESSIONS LOCATED?
yOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS,
ONE BASED AT EARSDON VIEW, SHIREMOOR (PREFERRED LOCATION)
THE OTHER, BASED AT THE TYNE TUNNEL TRADING ESTATE.
ONCE YOUR APPOINTMENT IS CONFIRMED YOU WILL BE GIVEN SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONs OF WHERE TO COME ALONG TO.
Neurokinetic Therapy (often called NKT) is a type of natural therapeutic system that has the goal of correcting learned movements and muscle functions within the body that can contribute to poor posture, joint tenderness and muscular pain. Considered to be a healing “bodywork modality,” similar to massage therapy or chiropractic adjustments for example, NKT is often used in rehabilitative settings to treat injuries and chronic pain.
The NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system was first created by David Weinstock in the mid-1980s. He created this unique system of precise muscle tests and adjustments to help correct muscle and movement memories that were stored in the brain region that’s responsible for learned motor control.
NKT practitioners now work with clients around the world to help reduce problems such as common running injuries and carpel tunnel syndrome, which are often made worse due to dysfunctional muscle compensations. What other types of body compensations might eventually cause us pain? These include muscle compensations triggered through trauma, exercising with improper form, or compensating when we walk or lift in order to reduce fatigue.
NKT practitioners first identify where their clients’ muscles are behaving abnormally, then help them restore proper balance and function through good-old failure and repetition.
What Is Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), and How Does It Work?
NKT is based on observations that certain body parts compensate for other weaker body parts. Essentially muscles or tissue can become weak and “shut down” following injury, while others become forced to work overtime and make up their shortcomings. This concept is known as the body’s “muscle compensation patterns.” These patterns are observed in people experiencing noticeable weakness and pain, but also often appear to some degree in those who are generally healthy and strong.
As a type of manipulative bodywork that’s related to Active Release Technique, NKT is based on a chiropractic technique called Applied Kinesiology, which uses touch and adjustments to help the body heal itself. Prior to using any Applied Kinesiology technique, a practitioner must first test their client’s reaction to a type of movement, stance, pressure or substance in order to see how they react, in order to observe their weaknesses.
Weinstock discovered that muscle compensation patterns are stored in a part of the brain responsible for muscle and movement memories, called the cerebellum. Muscle testing could be used to help reveal incorrect movements being stored in the cerebellum that are contributing to pain or postural abnormalities.
The cerebellum is sometimes referred to as “the body’s control center for all motor skills” (in NKT, it’s often called the Motor Control Center or MCC). It plays a crucial role in helping us to develop into fully functioning adults who can perform many movements automatically (such as grabbing, walking, bending or bringing things towards our body) without much conscious thought. The cerebellum is connected to all muscles via the somatic nervous system, which is a series of nerve channels that bring chemical messages throughout your body related to your senses, location in space and movements. Although memories stored in the cerebellum allow us to do many tasks subconsciously and automatically, we still must learn these behaviors and movements through trial and error. Babies and children slowly develop muscle memories as they get older, and the cerebellum (in conjunction with other parts of your brain) then stores these memories like a computer, so that eventually we can perform them on “autopilot.”
Normally movement memories are extremely useful and beneficial, but they can become problematic following an injury or overuse. When one muscle is overused or strained, the body adapts by creating muscle compensations. These compensations then get stored into the Motor Control Center and can be hard to break without precise interventions.
Movement patterns may be faulty or dysfunctional, and cause pain due to imbalance, overuse or overloading of tissues. Pain itself is not always at the site of dysfunction — it’s simply result of faulty compensations. The goal of NKT, therefore, is to reteach corrected muscle movements. A NKT practitioner helps clients to practice movements over and over again using proper form. Eventually these corrected movements replace incorrect muscle compensations and become stored in the MCC for future use.
Final Thoughts on Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT)
Neurokinetic Therapy is a healing bodywork system based on correcting muscle compensations that are developed when certain weak muscles become inhibited, forcing other muscles to become overworked.
NKT first tests for abnormal compensation pattern that can contribute to pain or tightness, then uses specific repetitive movements to reteach the body how to perform movements correctly and store them in memory.
Having had lower back pain and hip pain for a long time, I was surprised that in less than two weeks my pain had gone. I had always foam rolled my bum and lower back, feeling short term relief. Sam found that my QL muscles were the main cause of the pain. He released them, and gave me homework to do the same, whilst activating my glutes with a very interesting exercise. It was really simple to perform and takes 3-5 minutes twice a day. So I had no excuses not to do my homework. I'm really happy with the results. I highly recommend Sam based on my experience. Thank you Sam you are a star
I was amazed how Sam was able to press in to the site of pain and know exactly what "buttons" to press as it were, he found a connection and cause to my shoulder pain, which has been causing headaches. Now, no more headaches. The shoulder pain has gone. Sam gave me two exercises and releases to work on, and this helped me feel so much better. The videos he provided added to my confidence in performing the movements. Thanks
I simply wanted to improve my performance in the gym. I told Sam I felt my lower body lacked the mobility I was striving for, despite stretching regularly for the last few years. Sam quickly worked out why. My body had been holding on to my hips, protecting them. My thighs were always tight. I stretched my quads regularly, and they never seemed to get better. Sam found a spot just behind my knee that made me jump off the table. I'd never felt anything like it. He gently released it, and WOW for the first time in a very long time. My quads felt loose. Not only that I went to the gym after my session and felt like the HULK I felt so strong. Thanks Sam for improving my performance.