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Updated: Mar 28, 2023

Exploring the newest, evidence-based therapy in pain and movement science through Table Neuro-Training.

For the past month, Blue Monarch’s Cofounders, Heather and Terri, have been immersing themselves in the world of PhysioKinetix. This month we were fortunate enough to attend a workshop with the innovator of this powerful new modality, Paul Kelly, in our hometown!

What is PhysioKinetix?

PhysioKinetix (PKT) is a movement-based, regenerative therapy that focuses on correcting motor pattern imbalances and compensations responsible for pain, dysfunction, and postural misalignment. PKT uses assessments and neuroscience to identify dysfunctional and compensated movement and restore functional or primal movement patterns (movement patterns required for daily living).

Who Can Benefit?

Short answer...everyone! Many events in our everyday lives cause movement patterns to alter or compensate, including pain from injury, repetitive motions, behaviors, or stress.

Imagine sitting at your computer for several

hours a day as a repetitive behavior, and compound that with turning your head slightly to the right to look at your monitor. Another example would be how carrying a child on the same hip could slowly alter the rotation and balance of the pelvis. Perhaps you love playing golf on the weekends and feel the effects of repetitive right motor dominance and a loaded right-to-left swing. Over time our brains rewire our bodies to make our activity easier to accomplish, splinting for pain and dysfunction. These new patterns become our new normal and live in our bodies until that compensation fails, only to produce a new injury, compensation cycle, and pain. Even the constant pull of gravity (14 pounds) can alter our standing and walking cycles over time, giving us the illusion that pain is synonymous with aging.

The PKT Technique: Table-Neuro-Training

The treatment begins with manual and movement therapy to assess for stuck or fixed joints and motor control imbalances. Joints that become fixed or displaced put excess tension on the attached connective tissues and ligaments, creating length/tension imbalances in the surrounding muscles. The PKT Therapist then mobilizes fixed structures by activating the core and motor cortex of the brain through regenerative movement. After the fixed structures have been assessed and mobilized and pain patterns have been reduced, the next step is stabilizing your newly balanced joints through neuromuscular activation. Once stability and mobility are restored, your PKT Therapist can reeducate the mind and body with functional patterns for long-lasting results in pain relief, mobility, balance, and motor control.

PKT: The Move for Life System

By integrating this modality into our practice, we hope to alleviate and correct many common neurologic and orthopedic dysfunctions while building strength, increasing muscle control, creating injury resistance, and fine-tuning performance. This system helps everyone, from athletes and weekend warriors looking to rebuild and improve their performance from the ground up to people who suffer from chronic pain or age-related movement dysfunctions.

Full PKT sessions will be available later this year. Until then, you can schedule an Integrative Bodywork session with Heather or Terri to try a Myoskeletal-PKT combo session!

About Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly is an NCBTMB Approved Continued Education provider and owner of The Temple Human Performance Center in Knoxville, TN. Paul has been Clinician and teacher for 3 decades and brings a wealth of knowledge from manual therapy, sports medicine, and exercise science to his upbeat, dynamic, hands-on presentations. His passion is to help educate manual therapists and health care professionals so they might tap into a greater understanding of how Exercise, Movement Science, and Manual therapy can help with longevity. He continues to stay on top of the latest research and developments in all areas related to Manual therapies, Sports Performance, Neuroscience, Nutrition, Movement, Pain Science, and Human Performance related issues. ~from the Temple of Human Performance website

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  • Heather H.

Great Times at the 9th Annual Myoskeletal Workshop with Erik Dalton.

Many of our clients know that continuing education is the foundation of Blue Monarch's Advanced Bodywork. We believe that furthering our education is an integral part of the effectiveness of our services, whether treating pain, stress, or posture. So, we pride ourselves on being the biggest massage nerds in town.

Last month Heather (co-founder of Blue Monarch LLC) traveled to Oklahoma City for the 9th Annual Myoskeletal Workshop with Erik Dalton. Erik Dalton, Ph.D., creator of Myoskeletal Alignment Technique, is an Osteopath, Massage Therapist, and studied with the top researchers in the bodywork field, such as Ida Rolf, creator of Structural Integration (Rolfing). The founders of Blue Monarch have been studying Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques (MAT) since 2012 when they ordered the first Home Study program and attended their first workshop the following year in 2013, again in 2014, 2015, and two workshops in 2021. Since then, we have slowly taken the science the course provides on human anatomy and biomechanics and the techniques based on that science, and we've integrated them into Blue Monarch's services. We consider MAT the core modality of Blue Monarch Advanced Bodywork. We’ve reduced pain, improved postural conditions for many clients due to this technique.

The theme of this year's workshop was" Relieving Pain Through Rhythmic Touch," and the man himself, Erik Dalton, alongside his Teaching Assistant and Senior Myoskeletal Instructor, Nate Fay, kicked off Day 1 with a musical demonstration on brainwaves. Lowering brainwaves from an alert Alpha state to a more relaxed, Theta state is the Therapists first task in a Bodywork service. When the brain is at higher frequencies, so are stress levels, and the body has difficulty healing and returning to homeostasis. When the brain's frequencies can be lowered through modalities like deep Myofascial Release, gentle Traegering, and rhythmic joint mobilization and stretching, it can return to Theta, making the bodywork session more effective.

This workshop was packed full of amazing techniques and focused on treating neck cricks, and arm pain, between the blade pain and low back & sciatica pain, but the techniques are only a small part of this fantastic learning experience. For every technique we explore the common compensations and patterns that lead to these conditions, taking a deep dive inside the human body's inner workings. We explore assessments to lead us to the causes of dysfunction to better apply these cutting-edge techniques in a gentle but effective application.

The most significant emphasis on the delivery of MAT is to create a positive neurological response by lowering brain activity and using the Graded Pain Exposure Technique (GEST) to lower the pain responses in the body. With the brain in a calm state and fewer pain receptors firing, the body will produce a D.O.S.E. (Dopamine, Oxytocin, Seratonin, and Endorphins) of feel-good chemicals to promote healing and relaxation.

Continuing Education Workshops are a great opportunity to learn from industry leaders, meet fellow therapists from all over the world, and even chat with our mentors. I love stealing a picture with the Great Erik Dalton; he is always more than happy to oblige. I have never met anyone so full of passion, ambition, or appreciation for the Bodywork industry. I was also fortunate to get some hands-on training from Paul Kelly, creator of Physiokinetix, a therapeutic neuro-retraining technique that we have big plans for in the very near future.

We always feel so fortunate for these educational opportunities and to learn, grow, and continue to be inspired as Bodyworkers and Massage Therapists. We can't wait until next year!

Check out our Socials for more pictures from the Workshop!

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