"A muscle can be as strong as possible, but if it doesn't fire at the right time it's useless"
Janda was a physiotherapist who treated muscle imbalance and pain through evaluating the central nervous system. I like this quote because it speaks to the importance of our ability to respond quickly to outside forces. The part of the brain that makes these quick changes is the Motor Control Center (MCC). David Weinstock, the creator of Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), uses the example of reaching for a box of cookies on a top shelf to demonstrate how the MCC works. Your cerebral cortex comes up with a strategy to get the box and your MCC regulates or directs the movement. Now if you're just about to grab the box and you see a spider, you'll need to change course quickly to avoid it. That's your MCC center helping you out again. This all happens subconsciously which is pretty amazing stuff!
During an NKT session you'll be asked for a detailed history of injuries and surgeries. Some you may think are minor or happened so long ago they couldn't possibly be important. However, they can be involved in your pain or muscle imbalance. You'll then go through an assessment to determine the movement that is difficult or causing pain. After this intake a series of muscle tests are done to find the dysfunctional movement pattern and change it. At the end of the session, you'll be given a short series of exercises to do at home to make the changes permanent. The intention of NKT is to empower you to take care of yourself.
"When I met Julia and was introduced to NKT I had been experiencing chronic low back pain for 42 years. During those years I had been forced to give up just about every physical activity that I enjoyed. After just 2 NKT sessions with Julia it was hard for me to believe the pain relief I was experiencing. Now, 5 months after my initial appointment, I remain pain free. After 42 years of dealing with pain on a daily basis, I have my life back!"