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What is Kinetic Bridging

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The science behind the scenes - Kinetic Bridging allows the body to connect essential neuromuscular stabilization patterns that are not actively present. The reasons they are not present range from neonatal stress, birth stress, illness and/or trauma. To understand how bridging these connections is possible, one needs to understand:

 

  • the neuroscience of muscle function,
  • the biomechanics of the body and
  • the kinesiology of movement.

Starting with the neuroscience leads us to the motor neurons, or the brains of the individual muscle fibers. The motor neurons (alpha and gamma motor neurons) communicate with the nervous system via fibers (afferent and efferent fibers), similar to our telephone systems. When the communication fibers are slack, the messages do not get through.

Through biomechanics and kinesiology we realize that the nervous system communication fibers can be tightened up by changing positions and angles. Taking up the slack in the physical system is most effective when carried out in a sequence that mimics the natural development of the neurological system.

Kinetic Bridging uses these principles to identify the positions and angles desired muscle responses are present.  A process is then followed of sequentially changing these positions and angles to allow the body to take up the slack, enabling essential neuromuscular communication pathways to turn “on”. Turning the stabilization capacity of the muscles from “off” to “on” facilitates other outcomes within the body.

The changes that occur from Kinetic Bridging include-

Strength and coordination gains are the most easily observed changes. The compensation patterns originally developed disappear as the most efficient motor patterns are enabled. These result from the most efficient muscles being enabled to work in the correct sequence. Fine and gross motor skills change instantaneously.

Sensory processing changes also occur. As the muscle’s stabilizing function is turned on, the change in muscle tension triggers proprioceptive sensory receptors to provide status information to the brain. These receptors are located in the muscles, the ends of muscles and within the joints. This sensory input provides the brain with information about what the body is experiencing as it interacts with the gravitational force of the world.

Cognitive patterning is impacted as well. One theory of cognitive brain development revolves around the building, storing and accessing of increasingly complex patterns in the brain. Sensory information is stored in the brain in patterns that we build upon and refine as we develop, learn and rehearse. These patterns are constituted from integrated visual, auditory and proprioceptive sensory input.

The underlying pattern-building blocks are formed from sensory input patterns. By enabling the muscles to produce more complete and accurate sensory input from the body, we enable building more complete and accurate brain patterns used in learning.

Amazing how the micro-isometric exercises Kinetic Bridging uses to build stabilization patterns also change strength, sensory processing and cognitive development!

 

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