What is the Lovett Reactor Relationship and How Does It Help with NeuroKinetic Therapy
The Lovett Reactor Relationship is a chart that shows the connection between the muscles of the spine and the cranial bones. It was developed by Dr. Raymond Lovett, an osteopath who studied the effects of spinal lesions on cranial function. The chart helps practitioners to identify and correct imbalances in the nervous system that can cause pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) is a system of manual muscle testing and corrective movement that addresses the root cause of muscular compensation patterns. NKT uses the Lovett Reactor Relationship to assess and treat the relationship between the spine and the cranium, as well as other global patterns that involve the pelvis, ribs, shoulders, and limbs. By using NKT, practitioners can restore optimal function and alignment to the whole body.
The Lovett Reactor Relationship chart consists of six pairs of muscles that correspond to six pairs of cranial bones. Each pair of muscles has an opposite action: one flexes and one extends. For example, the rectus capitis posterior minor muscle flexes the head and neck, while the rectus capitis posterior major muscle extends them. These two muscles are related to the occiput and sphenoid bones of the cranium, respectively.
When there is a dysfunction or injury in one muscle of a pair, it can affect the function and position of its corresponding cranial bone. This can create tension and distortion in the cranial sutures, which are the joints between the cranial bones. The cranial sutures are important for allowing movement and flexibility of the cranium, as well as for transmitting nerve impulses and blood flow to the brain.
By using NKT, practitioners can test each pair of muscles and cranial bones to find out which ones are weak or inhibited, and which ones are compensating or facilitated. Then, they can use specific techniques to release the tension in the compensating muscles and cranial bones, and activate the weak or inhibited ones. This can restore balance and harmony to the nervous system, improve cranial function, and relieve symptoms such as headaches, neck pain, TMJ dysfunction, vision problems, sinus congestion, and more.
The Lovett Reactor Relationship is a valuable tool for NKT practitioners who want to address the whole body as a system of interconnected parts. By understanding and applying this chart, they can help their clients achieve better health and well-being.
How to Use the Lovett Reactor Chart
To use the Lovett Reactor chart, you need to have some basic knowledge of NKT and how to perform manual muscle testing. You also need to have a partner who can act as a client and a tester. The chart can be found online or in some NKT textbooks. Here are some steps to follow:
Identify the area of pain or dysfunction in your client. For example, let's say your client has neck pain and limited range of motion.
Choose a pair of muscles from the Lovett Reactor chart that corresponds to the area of pain or dysfunction. For example, for neck pain, you can choose the rectus capitis posterior minor and major muscles.
Test each muscle individually using NKT protocols. For example, to test the rectus capitis posterior minor muscle, you can ask your client to lie on their back and flex their head and neck slightly. Then, you can apply gentle pressure on their forehead and ask them to resist. If the muscle is weak or inhibited, they will not be able to resist your pressure.
Test each cranial bone individually using NKT protocols. For example, to test the occiput bone, you can place your fingers on the back of your client's head and apply gentle pressure. Then, you can ask them to resist by pushing their head into your fingers. If the bone is weak or inhibited, they will not be able to resist your pressure.
Compare the results of the muscle and cranial bone tests. If one muscle is weak or inhibited and its corresponding cranial bone is compensating or facilitated, you have found a Lovett Reactor pair. For example, if the rectus capitis posterior minor muscle is weak and the occiput bone is compensating, you have found a Lovett Reactor pair.
Correct the imbalance using NKT protocols. For example, to correct the imbalance between the rectus capitis posterior minor muscle and the occiput bone, you can use a combination of techniques such as massage, stretching, activation exercises, and cranial manipulation.
Re-test the muscle and cranial bone to confirm that the imbalance has been corrected.
The Lovett Reactor chart can help you find and correct global patterns that involve the spine and the cranium. By using this chart, you can improve your client's posture, movement, and function. aa16f39245