NeuroKinetic Therapy is a sophisticated form of manual therapy that combines motor control theory and manual muscle testing. When a muscle is inhibited for whatever reason, the motor control center will find a substitute muscle to perform the function. If this pattern is allowed to remain in the motor control center, dysfunction and pain will follow.
How then can we undo this dysfunctional pattern? We also know from motor control theory that if the body fails to perform a specific function, the motor control center is open to new learning for approximately 30 to 60 seconds. How then can we communicate with the motor control center? Manual muscle testing allows us to find muscles that are weak or dysfunctional in relationship to other muscles.
This basic concept can be applied to muscles and dysfunctional patterns throughout the body.
NeuroKinetic Therapy is an excellent modality in rehabilitation and manual therapy because it not only identifies the cause of pain and dysfunction, but also corrects it very quickly.
Anatomy in Motion is a map of the human body and the journey it takes through our gait cycle (walking). Using this we can see what each joint in the body is doing in all three dimensions at a particular time. Every joint from your foot to your head should be accessing all three planes of motions working in unison with each other.
When something doesn't move the way it should, problems start to occur. When the body is out of balance, some
structures are forced to work harder than they normally would. They’re basically picking up the slack for somewhere else not pulling its weight.
Anatomy in Motion is a chance to experience better movement away from their aches and pains. AIM is an approach that looks at movement and what is ‘missing’ from your body’s gait cycle and thus eleminating pain and compensation from the body.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment
We are one of only a handful of clinics in Ireland, certified to level 2 standard in The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), which is one of the most comprehensive and complete systems of musculoskeletal evaluation and exercise intervention.
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in those with known musculoskeletal pain. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, the clinician has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability.
The assessment guides the clinician to the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern, which is then assessed in detail. This approach is designed to complement the existing exam and serve as a model to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement into musculoskeletal practice. By addressing the most dysfunctional non-painful pattern, the application of targeted interventions (manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) is not adversely affected by pain.
SFMA offers healthcare professionals and patients a new approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction. Our standardized clinical model ensures isolating the cause of injury and efficient care.
Functional Movement Screen
Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.
The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.
Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.