Common NKT Conditions
Impingement of the sciatic nerve is a painful and debilitating condition. It becomes difficult to sit, drive a car, and can interrupt sleep. The sciatic nerve is large. Entrapment of it can occur at the nerve root in the spine, the piriformis muscle or one of the other deep rotators of the hip, or the bicep femoris (the main hamstring muscle). Release of the area where the impingement is taking place is imperative for treatment. Then it is important to discover why the impingement occurred and to correct that imbalance so it does not reoccur in the future.
Most people have suffered from neck pain at some time in their lives. An odd position during sleep, an awkward motion during sports, movement of a vertebra, or a muscle cramp causes pain. The muscles of the neck can be either inhibited or facilitated: sometimes they can be weak, and at other times they are compensating for weakness elsewhere in the body. The head itself weighs anywhere from 8 to 15 pounds. That’s a lot of weight and a lot of work for the little muscles of the neck to do. NKT detects which muscles are working and which ones are working too much, corrects the compensation patterns, and gives the neck freedom to be pain free again.
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis):
Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the common extensor tendon in the forearm. This issue can be incredibly painful and last for years. It creates an inability for the hand to grip, sometimes making it difficult even to pick up a cup of coffee. In most lateral epicondylitis cases, the supraspinatus muscle and other important muscles that abduct the arm are inhibited. As a result, the forearm extensors (muscles on the same kinetic chain) try to perform the workload for the shoulder. This wreaks havoc on the elbow, and soon the force load is too much. Tendonitis develops. Through NKT and corrective exercises, this troublesome pathology can be removed, restoring a pain-free range of motion.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia of the foot. This pathology makes it difficult to walk without pain. Symptoms are often worse in the morning. Treatments can involve wearing a boot to sleep, using crutches, cortisone shots, and deep tissue bodywork. Although all can be useful, none address the root issue. In most plantar fasciitis cases, the calf, plantar fascia, and intrinsic muscles of the sole of the foot spasm and clench due to an inhibition of the gluteus maximus. Located in the center of the body, the gluteus maximus needs to be strong to create stability for both the torso and the legs. If it is not functioning properly, the lower leg will often compensate causing the area beneath the knee to tighten. When this exceeds an acceptable level for the body, the plantar fascia will grip, and plantar fasciitis ensues. Treatment of plantar fasciitis often involves detecting this compensation and leading the glutes and other muscles of the leg to fire properly again. The plantar fascia and foot muscles can then relax and begin their course of healing.