Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), is a corrective movement system developed by David Weinstock. NKT uses manual muscle testing to find the source of pain. As one of my clients says, NKT is like “detective work”, in which I uncover compensation patterns in the body. It is not a massage session, but rather an assessment session in which the practitioner tests muscles for functional strength. When a muscle has no functional strength, it is not contributing to movement, and so the body relies on other muscles to pick up the slack. One muscle may begin to overwork while another becomes inhibited—resulting in pain, tightness, and restricted movement. We re-pattern these dysfunctional muscle relationships through manual release and corrective movements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who benefits from NKT? If you are curious and interested in finding the source of your pain, then NKT is for you. We all have dysfunctional movement patterns. Every movement we make is a collaborative effort between many muscles. If you have overuse patterns, old injuries, or any kind of trauma in your body, you may also have dysfunctional movement patterns that are causing pain or may cause pain in the future.
What does an NKT session look like? Your NKT session will begin with an intake discussion about your pain, activities, history of injuries, and assessment of posture. After establishing this baseline, we will begin by testing muscles in relation to each other. I will perform manual release on muscles that are overworking and will suggest some corrective movements for you to perform at home to strengthen muscles that are underworking. NKT sessions last about 75 minutes.
What should I wear: Wear comfortable clothing that allows for unrestricted, easy movement. Please avoid bulky or baggy clothing that hides the shape of your body. Clients are fully clothed during NKT sessions.
Why are NKT sessions separate from bodywork sessions? Although NKT sessions are hands-on and include manual release, the session is much different from a traditional Empower Massage Therapy session. In the NKT session, we find the dysfunctional patterns ingrained in the body and seek to reprogram them through testing, release and movement. It’s very interactive and involves over an hour of active and passive movement. I suggest a separate follow-up massage session to release and unravel the patterns that we find with NKT.
Pricing and Packages
Session prices:NKT sessions are $85 and last 75 minutes.
Package deal: Buy an NKT session and a follow-up bodywork session and receive 15% off the total price!
Free 30-min mini NKT session: Feeling reluctant to try NKT? Get a taste of this exciting modality for free when you book your next session! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 370-0573, and set up a 60, 75 or 90 minute bodywork session—then we’ll add on a FREE 30-min NKT session to be used either prior to the bodywork in the same appointment or on a separate day.
Resolving hip clicking My client, PD, had trouble with his right hip clicking when he walked. As he walked, he felt the most tension as his right leg was extended backward, before he toed off with his right foot. I began by watching him perform some leg swings with the right leg. He was unable to fully swing his right leg behind him, and was flexing his knee and kicking through his lower leg to get his leg further behind him. In other words, he was using other muscles to compensate for an inability to extend his right hip. We began muscle testing and found that his right gluteus maximus was weak and inhibited by his tight and overworking hamstrings and quadriceps. Once we released the hamstrings and quadriceps on the right, his gluteus maximus tested strong. I showed hip how to roll out his hamstrings and quads on his own and I suggested hip extensions to activate his gluteus maximus. The next day, PD went hiking and had minimal clicking and discomfort through his right hip. After some reflection, PD also realized that carrying his wallet in his back right pocket may have been turning off his gluteus maximus muscle.
Resolving rotation patterns My client, EE, had a right hip replacement about 6 months ago. Although her hip felt much better, she was still feeling a bit out of whack. When she lied down on her back, I noticed that her left leg rotated outwards. When she stood up, I noticed that her shoulders rotate to the right. In other words, her normal stance was with hips rotated one direction and shoulders rotated in the opposite direction. We began muscle testing and found that her thoracic rotation to the left was weak, but became stronger when her hips were also rotated to the left. This showed us that she compensated for weakness in left thoracic rotation by squeezing a hip muscle that would also bring her hips to the left. We found a very tight piriformis muscle, which rotates hip to the left. After releasing that, her thoracic rotation was uninhibited and strong to the left. I showed the client how to release the piriformis with a tennis ball and also suggested some rotation exercises to strengthen her thoracic rotation. After our session, EE reported that she felt more lined up and balanced.