How NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) Can Help

How NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) Can Help

Larry, one of our Personal Trainers, had a right rotator cuff repair nine weeks ago and has been struggling regaining his range of motion. Typically regaining range of motion and stability within the joint are the most important goals in the first few weeks out. A lot of times people will have extremely tight muscles around a joint that has been operated on—it is the body working to keep everything stable. Releasing those muscles and strengthening the weak muscles will allow the joint to regain full function.

Through NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT), we were able to target which muscles were facilitated (over working) and which muscles were inhibited (not working). These relationships create muscular imbalances that can slow progress and ultimately lead to a new injury. We found that Larry’s right pectoral major was working for his right glute, and his right serratus anterior was working for his middle trap.

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By releasing the pectoral and serratus anterior, and strengthening the glutes and middle trap, we were able to gain a good chunk of internal rotation range of motion and shoulder flexion.

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For more information on NKT or if you would like to set up an appointment for an assessment, please contact one of our NKT practitioners: John Grainger jgrainger@uvacswim.org; Katherine MacPherson kmacpherson@uvacswim.org; or Garrett Wilson gwilson@uvacswim.org. You can also call the fitness desk at 802-296-2850 x 104.