Neurokinetic Therapy

Our Approach To Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT)

Neurokinetic Therapy fuels our whole Urban Wellness Clinic philosophy. We dive deep into your movement patterns and weak points, to uncover your pain’s true root cause. Neurokinetic Therapy’s emphasis is hands-on muscle testing which enables us to quickly diagnose why a muscle is tense and overcompensating for weakness in other parts of the body. So you get better, faster.

Benefits Of Neurokinetic Therapy:

  • Pinpoints specific sources of pain
  • Lays the groundwork for effective therapeutic exercises
  • Introduces correct form, so you move pain-free

Neurokinetic Therapy Is Good For Anyone:

  • With chronic or unresolved pain
  • With tight muscles
  • Exerting a lot of energy, whether you’re a powerlifter, marathoner, or yogi

Your Visit

Many patients ask during treatment, “what is Neurokinetic Therapy?” We dig deep to get the total scoop on all of your injuries and often times NKT Neurokinetic Therapy is the missing link. Together, we review your current injury, past injuries, and any surgical scars to help us pinpoint the cause of your pain. Using Neurokinetic Therapy, we evaluate how weak movement patterns knock your entire body off-kilter through muscle testing. Next, expect a custom set of exercises—adapted from pro athletes’ regimens—to retrain your motor control and recharge your body. We are one of the few clinics with level 3 Neurokinetic Therapy NYC practitioners, so expect the best at Urban Wellness Clinic. For more information, read our blog post on what will happen at your first visit. If you’d like to make an appointment with our NKT specialists, call us at 212.355.0445.

Want to know more (movement nerds)?

Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) is a type of neurological physical therapy. It is designed to help your brain reconnect with your neurological-muscular signals. Neurokinetic Therapy is also known as manual therapy or movement therapy. It is based on a chiropractic technique called Applied Kinesiology and was co-developed by David Weinstock in the mid 80s.

What does it feel like? Does it hurt?

Before starting this therapy, your practitioner will need to do some specific muscle testing to identify painful and over-contracted muscles. The testing helps indicate where there are “energy leaks” in your body, where these tight muscles may be overworking for a weak area. Once these muscles have been identified, your practitioner applies a deep focused manual pressure to a specific muscle area to release the pressure. Then the practitioner muscle tests again to make sure the right connections were found. A weak muscle will feel like the brain just can’t find where to fire. Once a tight muscle that is dysfunction in this pattern is found and release, that weak muscle will feel like it can fire and regain its strength without trying so hard.

How is it effective?

Injured muscles can be the cause of many acute and chronic conditions. This therapy has found to be effective looking for compensations in the body with the following conditions:

  • Tight muscles
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and TMJ
  • Poor running form
  • Injured muscles after accidents, athletic injuries, or trauma
  • Neck and back pain
  • Shoulder pain and headaches

Why does it work?

The goal of this therapy is to retrain these muscle patterns if they become injured due to an accident or overuse. Our certified practitioners may use manual pressure to release muscle tension or help you practice the correct muscle movement patterns to regain your original movement patterns again, those patterns we learned when we were babies. It may take several sessions for your muscles to learn the correct movement patterns. As your muscles are retrained, your injury and pain becomes less and full recovery is sure to come.

Who is David Weinstock?

He was a pre-med student at John Hopkins University and co-developed the NKT Neurokinetic Therapy in the mid-1980s. He has been practicing and teaching manual techniques since 1973. Dr. Weinstock is also the author of Neurokinetic Therapy, an Innovative Approach to Manual Testing and currently practices in Marin County, California.

Who can practice NKT?

Dr. Weinstock has developed certification programs to train Neurokinetic Therapy NYC practitioners. Practitioners must complete level 1-3 training programs and hands-on practicums. Dr. Emily Kiberd is a level 3 Neurokinetic Therapy NYC practitioner.

What it Neurokinetic Therapy for scoliosis?

Within the last few years, this therapy is starting to be used by neurokinetic therapy NYC chiropractors to treat scoliosis. This type of therapy is helpful to relieve the muscle tightness around the spine area. It can be very effective in correcting misalignment and poor posture.

What is Neurokinetic pilates?

Neurokinetic pilates are special exercises taught by certified neurokinetic therapy pilate teachers. However, these exercises are only taught to the patient after an initial posture assessment and specific muscle testing has been done. These exercises relieve pain and improve your posture.